Western Kentucky University

Student Financial Assistance

FAQs About Dependent / Independent Status

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I do not live at home with my parents. Does this mean I'm an independent student for financial aid purposes?
Not necessarily. You are considered a dependent student unless you can answer “yes” to one of the seven questions in step three on the FAFSA. If you cannot answer “yes” to one of these questions you will need to have your parent provide their financial information on the FAFSA.
I do not receive any support from my parents. Does this mean I am an independent student for financial aid purposes?
No, just because you do not receive monetary support for your parents you cannot be considered independent for financial aid purposes unless you can answer “yes” to one of the seven questions in step three on the FAFSA.
 Last Modified 7/22/13