Why do I have to use my parent’s information if I live on my own and pay my own bills?

The free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) outlines what determines if a student is dependent or independent. A student is independent if they can answer yes to any questions numbered 45 through 57 on the FAFSA and can provide backup documentation.  If all questions are answered no, then the student is dependent and FAFSA requires the student to use parental information. In certain cases, a dependency override is warranted. These cases usually include complete abandonment by parents or an abusive or dangerous family environment.