I'm 18 years old, and I'm a freshman at a public University in Texas. I moved out of my house last August and I will not be moving back in. I'm not receiving any financial help from my parents either. I would like to claim myself as an independent as I apply for financial aid for the 2008-09 school year, but I read somewhere that it's nearly impossible to do this unless you're at least 24, or married, or have children, or a veteran, etc. If I'm not relying on my parents in the least, do I still have to claim myself as a dependent? This would mean reporting my parents' tax information, right? Would I also have to report my step-parents info? (Both of my parents have re-married) I would really appreciate if anyone could answer these questions. I didn't really find any helpful info through internet searches so maybe someone on the DIS can help! TIA!