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Surely they can't force a child to claim they are dependent when they are not getting help from their parents. If a person has moved out and has been living on their own, even if they are only 20, they are adults and may no longer have a relationship with their parents.

There has a way to show that someone is independent at any age.


I got married and moved out of my parents' house at 19. When I went back to school the next fall, I still had to include a copy of my dad's tax return with the FAFSA form, even though I was no longer a dependent on it. The university claimed that they didn't take it into consideration when determining my financial aid (and I did get decent financial aid, although I could have used more, of course), but my parents information and tax return were still required for the FAFSA, upon which the financial aid was based. I'm not sure what would have happened if my dad had refused to allow me to attach a copy of his tax return to it. Maybe I wouldn't have gotten the aid due to an incomplete application. (I think that was the implication from the university's finanical aid office.)

- Karen
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