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When you apply for federal student aid, the government determines how much you and your family can afford to contribute toward the cost of attendance. This simple rule applies: the more money your family has, the more you can afford to pay.
Most college–bound students have very little of their own money. Luckily for the government, they can count on your parents to foot some of the bill. But in some circumstances (according to Section 2 of the FAFSA), a student's parents' income and assets will NOT be considered.
If you can answer yes to any of the following questions at the time you complete the FAFSA, you will not have to provide parental information.