Why do I have to put my parents’ information on the application when they are not helping me pay for school?

The federal government has established the criteria to determine whether you must report parental information. 

Your dependency is determined by answering dependency questions on the FAFSA.  

  • If you answer “NO” to all of the dependency questions, you must provide parental information.
  • If you answered “YES” to at least one of these questions, skip the questions asking for parental information.