What is FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2018 – 2019 school year became available on October 1st. As a student, you may be wondering whose information needs to be included on the application. Can I report only my income if I am responsible for my college costs? Do I have to include my parents’ information? What if my parents are divorced?
You will first need to determine if you are a dependent or independent student. If you answer no to all of the questions located at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/infographic-accessible, you are considered a dependent student for the purpose of the FAFSA and are required to include your parents’ information even if you are responsible for your college costs.
If your parents are divorced or separated and do not live together, you will include the information for the parent with whom you lived more during the past 12 months. If you lived the same amount of time with each parent, you will include the information for the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months. If your parents are divorced or separated and they live together, you will provide information about both of them on the FAFSA.
More information on completing the FAFSA can be found at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out.