- My parents don’t support me—can I file as independent to receive financial aid?
- My parents’ income was reduced through a job loss—what can I do?
- What is the difference between an independent and dependent student?
You are considered as an Independent Status if any of the following apply to you (2013-2014 aid year):
- You were born before January 1st, 1989
- You are or will be enrolled in a master’s or doctorate degree program (beyond a bachelor’s degree) at the beginning of 2013-14 academic year
- You have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1st, 2013 and June 30th, 2014
- You’re married on the day you apply (even if you are separated but not divorced).
- You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
- You’re a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. (A "veteran" includes students who attended a U.S. service academy and were released under a condition other than dishonorable. For more details on who is considered a veteran, see the explanatory notes on the FAFSA.)
- You are currently or was an emancipated minor
- Your are currently or was in legal guardianship
- You are or at risk of being homeless (Documentation verifying this may be requested from you)
- You were a dependent or ward of the court since the age of 13.
- You were in foster care since turning age 13.
- I have dependents (other than children or my spouse) who live with me and I provide more than half of their support
- Both of your parents were deceased since the age 13.
Federal regulations allow a financial aid administrator to consider unusual circumstances that may affect a student’s financial aid award (s). Examples of special circumstances include: divorce, death, change or loss of employment, or disability after the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is processed.
In order to be considered for a special circumstance, please complete the Special Circumstances Form. You may obtain the form via our online Forms Library at http://pvamu.edu/pages/1950.asp.
Dependent student's must report their parent's income and assets and independent students must report their own income and assets