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My parents don’t claim me on their tax return. Can I file as “Independent”?

My parents don’t claim me on their tax return. Can I file as “Independent”?

It has no bearing on being able to be considered as “independent” whether or not your parents claimed you on their tax return. The Higher Education Act of 1992 established requirements for establishing independence. Several questions are addressed on the FAFSA (see “Will I be considered Dependent or Independent?) to establish your dependency status. If the answer is “YES” to any of the questions you will be considered “self-supporting” for financial aid purposes.