The questions on the Alternate Aid Form are based on the concept that it is primarily your and your family’s responsibility to pay for your education. A dependent student is assumed to have the support of parents, so we assess the parents’ information with the student’s to gain a full picture of your family’s financial strength.
If you are a dependent student, it does not mean your parents' are required to pay money toward your education; this is just a way of looking at everyone in a consistent manner. If you answer no to all the student status questions, please plan to have your parents’ tax information available when completing the application. If you answer yes to one or more of the questions, please plan to provide tax information for you, and your spouse (if applicable).