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How Many Dependents Should I Claim on the FAFSA®

Dependency status on the FAFSA is not the same as “dependents” reported on your taxes. Based on the information provided the student will be determined to be dependent or independent.

If you are considered a dependent student, you will have to provide your parent(s) demographic and financial information on your FAFSA application. In addition, you provide the household size of your FAFSA parent. Independent students will provide their own financial information as well as their spouse’s information if married. Independent students will provide information regarding their own household size.