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Student Dependency Questions

You will need a parent to complete and sign the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) unless you qualify as an independent student. To qualify for independent status, you must be able to meet and document, at least, one of the following conditions:

  1. Were you born before January 1, 1994?
    Note that if you were born on January 1, 1994, the answer is "no" on the FAFSA. 
  2. As of today, are you married?
  3. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, graduate certificate, etc.)?
  1. Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?

[If you answer “YES” to this question, the Office of Financial Aid at Metropolitan State University of Denver will require you to provide a copy of your DD214. You must have shown that you were discharged for any reason other than a dishonorable discharge.]

[Answer "No" if your are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee who is on active duty for state or training purposes.]

  1. Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?

[Answer “YES” only if (1) you have engaged in active duty in the U. S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard) or are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee who was called to active duty for other than state or training purposes, or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies, and (2) were released under a condition other than dishonorable. If you answer “YES” to this question, the Office of Financial Aid at MSU Denver will require you to provide a copy of your DD214.  You must have shown that you were discharged for any reason other than a dishonorable discharge.]

[Answer "No" (you are not a veteran) if you (1) have never engaged in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, (2) are currently an ROTC student or a cadet or midshipman at a service academy, (3) are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee activated only for state or training purposes, or (4) were engaged in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces but released under dishonorable conditions.]

[Also answer "No" if you are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and will continue to serve through June 30, 2017.]

  1. Do you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018?

  2. Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2018?

  3. At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in a foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?

[Answer “YES” if you had no living parent (biological or adoptive) at any time you turned age 13:

  • You had no living parent (biological or adoptive) even if you are now adopted; or
  • You were in foster care, even if you are no longer in foster care today; or
  • You were a dependent or ward of the court, even if you are no longer a dependent or ward of the court today. For federal student aid purposes, someone who is incarcerated is not considered a ward of the court.

If you answer “YES” to this question, the Office of Financial Aid at MSU Denver will require you to provide proof that your parents are deceased or you were in foster care or a dependent or ward of the court.]

  1. Are you or were you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?

[If you answered “YES” to the any or both of the two previous questions, the Office of Financial Aid at MSU Denver will require you to submit a copy of the court order stating you are an emancipated minor. The court order must be located in your state of legal residence and processed before the date you filed the FAFSA. If you do not have such an order, then please contact our office so we can update your file.]

  1. Are you or were you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?

[If you answered “YES” to any or both of the two previous questions, the Office of Financial Aid at MSU Denver will require you to submit a copy of the court order stating who your legal guardian is. The court order must be located in your state of legal residence and processed before the date filed the FAFSA. If you do not have such an order, then please contact our office so we can update your file.]

Answer "No" if you are still a minor and the court decision is no longer in effect at the time you became adult.

  1. At any time on or after July 1, 2016 did your high school or high school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?

  2. At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?

  3. At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

Please use the following information for questions 11, 12, and 13:
[“Homeless” means lacking fixed, regular and adequate housing, which includes living in shelters, motels or cars, or temporarily living with other people because you had nowhere else to go.
“Unaccompanied” means you are not living in the physical custody of your parent or guardian.
“Youth” means you are 21 years of age or younger or you are still enrolled in high school as of the day you sign this application.]
 [If you answered “YES” to the any or both of the two previous questions, the Office of Financial Aid at MSU Denver will require you to complete the UYOUTH form. This form is downloadable at www.msudenver.edu/financialaid/forms.

If you answer “No” to all of the above questions, you will be considered as a dependent student and you must provide the parental information asked on the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

If you answer “YES” to any of the above questions and the Office of Financial Aid at MSU Denver has verified all the necessary documents that you submitted, you will be considered as an independent student.


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