Married or Single Independent Students

A student attains independent status when he/she meets one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Attains age 24 before January 1st of the first calendar year of the award year;
  2. Is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces;
  3. Is a graduate or professional student;
  4. Is married as of the date he/she applies;
  5. Is a ward/dependent of the court, or was in foster care;
  6. Has legal dependents other than a spouse, for which the student currently provides more than 50% of support;
  7. Is an emancipated minor as determined by a court; or
  8. Is currently serving on active duty for purposes other than training.
  9. Homeless as determined by the lack of fixed, regular and adequate housing.