How do I establish that I am independent from my parents in my residency reclassification petition?
Accompanying other documentary evidence, a student should submit a copy of his/her parent(s)' Federal tax return or a notarized statement from them indicating they are not providing the student's support or claiming the student as a dependent for tax reasons.
Students receiving financial aid should be classified as independent for financial aid purposes.
In addition, if the parents have taken out loans to support the student's education (such as Federal Direct PLUS loans), the student would not be considered independent, unless compelling evidence to the contrary is presented.
The student should be prepared to show that he/she has sufficient means to support him/herself.