If you have divorced or separated parents it can be tricky figuring out who your parents are on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For purposes of the FAFSA “Parent” refers to your biological, adoptive parents or your stepparent. These are the parents required to give their financial information. Since you are dependent on them for your financial well-being, you are classified as a “dependent” student.
The following are not your parents: Grandparents, Foster Parents, Legal Guardians, Older Brothers and Sisters, Aunts or Uncles or Widowed Step-Parent. They are not required to give their financial information. Check out the following info-graphic: