Why do I have to claim my parents income on FAFSA when I live on my own?
Federal Guidelines state that as long as a student is under 24, unmarried, and no dependents then they are required to include parental information in FAFSA regardless of whether they live with them or not.
If a student has extenuating circumstances that prevent him/her from providing parental information, it may be possible for the Financial Aid Office to consider a dependency override that allows the student to apply for financial aid without parental information. Students who feel that their circumstances warrant a dependency override should contact the Financial Aid Office to request an appointment. Each request is reviewed by the Director on a case-by-case basis.