EOC uses the federal financial aid guidelines to determine parental dependency. Students are considered INDEPENDENT of their parents if they can answer “Yes” to any of these questions :
- Will you be at least 24 years of age by December 31?
- Are you in college and working on a master’s degree (e.g. MA, MS), professional degree (e.g. M.D., J.D.) or a doctoral degree?
- As of today, are you married?
- Do you have children or other dependents (other than a spouse) who receive more than half of their support from you?
- At any time since you turned 13, were you an orphan, in foster care, or a ward of the court?
- Prior to reaching 18 years of age, were you an emancipated minor or did you have court-appointed legal guardian?
- Are you homeless (i.e. you lacked a fixed, regular, & adequate nighttime residence) or at risk of becoming homeless?
- Are you a veteran or currently on active duty in the military?
If you are considered a dependent on your parents for financial aid purposes, you must also include the your parent information – their taxable income, the number of dependents, and their signature on the EOC Request for Services (RFS) form.
Questions, please feel free to call 984-3286.