Student Dependency Status

Princeton students are considered financially dependent upon their parent(s), unless they meet one of the criteria below:

  • Student is over age 25 and has lived as a self-supporting adult for at least two years.
  • Student is an orphan or ward of the court.
  • Student is a veteran of the United States armed forces.

Parental unwillingness to pay for college or complete the aid application are not considered grounds for a dependency override. Married undergraduate students may be considered independent for the purposes of federal aid, but are not considered financially independent by the University unless they satisfy the guidlines established above.