Are my parents required to be included on the FAFSA?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Financial advisor Brad Barnett discusses whether your parents are required to be included on the FAFSA.

    Brad Barnett

    Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.  He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health.  He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University.  Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees.  In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.”  Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college.  He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.

    Host: Are my parents required to be included on the FAFSA? Brad Barnett: The FAFSA is actually going to tell you, whether your parents are required to be included on the FAFSA. There are series of questions that will ask you about your status and they usually have to deal with your age and whether you are married or a graduate student. The questions are subject to change every year, but in short, if you can answer yes to one of those questions, then we don t need your parents on the FAFSA. You are what's called an independent student, but if you cannot answer yes to any of those questions in that section, then your parents are required to be on the FAFSA form.