Why Do I Have to Provide My Parents' Information on the FAFSA?
Your answers to some of the questions determine if you are dependent or independent from your parents for the purpose of applying for federal financial aid. Students are classified this way because the amount of federal financial aid you may qualify for is based on how much you and your parents (or spouse) can contribute to your education. Visit the FAFSA website to determine your dependency status.
If you are considered dependent, your parents' income and assets, as well as your own, must be reported on the FAFSA. Independent students need only supply their own (and spouse's if applicable) income information.