What is the definition of a self-supporting student for the 2017-2018 academic year?

The federal government has established criteria for classifying financial aid recipients as dependent or self-supporting. The Shiloh University Financial Aid Office does not determine your status, nor is your status determined by whether your parents claim you as a dependent on their federal income tax return.nnTo be considered a self-supporting student for the 2017-2018 academic year, you must answer “yes” to one of the following questions:

  • Were you born before January 1, 1994?
  • As of today, are you married? (Answer “Yes” if you are separated, but not divorced.)
  • At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program (such as an MATS, MDiv, or DMin)?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • Do you now have or will you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018?
  • 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, from the date you file the FAFSA through June 30, 2018?
  • At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor?
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you in legal guardianship?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
  • 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 or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
  • 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?

If you answered “no” to all of the above questions, you are considered a dependent student for the 2017-2018 academic year and must provide parental information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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