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Will I automatically be considered independent if I have a child?

Will I automatically be considered independent if I have a child?

No. If one or both of the student’s parents are directly or indirectly providing more than 50% support in cash or other assistance to the child and grandchild, then the student would answer “No” to the FAFSA question about legal dependents. “Indirect support” to the child includes support that a parent gives to the student on behalf of the child. If the student is living with a parent who is paying for most of the household expenses, the parent would usually be considered the primary source of support to the child, and the student would answer “No” to the question about legal dependents.

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