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Financial and Parental Information

This section is only applicable to the 2019-2020 cycle, including applications for the Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 terms.

Household Income and Size Information

Use the drop-down to indicate whether you identify as a dependent or independent student. Select the status that you feel best applies to you. Note that your answers in this section do not affect your application for admission. Select International Applicant if you have or will need an F1 or J1 Visa to study at the CSU. 

Independent Students

Under federal regulations, you are considered an independent student if you can answer Yes to any of the following questions:

  • Were you born before January 1, 1996?
  • Are you currently an active duty member or a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • As of today, are you married? (Also answer "Yes" if you are separated but not divorced.)
  • At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, Ph.D., Ed.D., graduate certificate, etc.)?
  • Do you currently have or will you have children or dependents who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020?
  • Does someone other than your parent or stepparent have legal guardianship of you, as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  • At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2018, did your high school, an emergency shelter, a transitional housing program, or homeless youth center determine that you were an unaccompanied youth or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

If you are an independent student, provide the following information about your household. Note that if you registered with the California Secretary of State as a domestic partner, your household size must include your partner and your combined legal dependents, and your partner's income must be included with your income. Be sure to enter your information accurately as this section cannot be updated after submission. 

  • Total size of your household in the specified year, including yourself, your spouse and all dependents.
  • Number of dependent children living with you in the specified year.
  • Adjusted gross income (AGI) for the specified year. Adjusted gross income can be found on your federal tax return as follows: 
    • Form 1040: Line 37
    • Form 1040A: Line 21
    • Form 1040EZ: Line 4
  • Untaxed income and benefits for the specified year. Untaxed income is income not reported on a tax return, such as: 
    • Child support.
    • Untaxed portions of pensions.
    • Housing, food, and other allowances paid to military, clergy, and others, including cash and cash value. Do not include the value of military on-base housing or the value of a basic military allowance for housing.
    • Veterans – noneducation benefits including Disability, Death Pension, or Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and/or VA Educational Work-Study allowances. 
    • Other untaxed income such as worker’s compensation, disability benefits, etc.

Don’t include extended foster care benefits, student aid, earned income credit, additional child tax credit, welfare payments, untaxed Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act educational benefits, on-base military housing or a military housing allowance, combat pay, benefits from flexible spending arrangements (e.g., cafeteria plans), foreign income exclusion, or credit for federal tax on special fuels. 

Note: If you did not file a tax return, all income would be entered on the untaxed income field. This includes earnings from work found on W-2s.

Dependent Students

If you cannot answer Yes to any of the above questions, you are considered a dependent student. Provide the following information about your parent/guardians' household. Be sure to enter your information accurately as this section cannot be updated after submission.

  • Total size of parent/guardians' household in the specified year. Note that your parent/guardians' household includes your parents/guardians (or registered domestic partners), yourself, other dependent children, and other dependents. The total size should be greater than one.
  • Parents' adjusted gross income (AGI) for the specified year. Adjusted gross income can be found on your federal tax return as follows: 
    • Form 1040: Line 37
    • Form 1040A: Line 21
    • Form 1040EZ: Line 4
  • Untaxed income and benefits for the specified year. Untaxed Income is income not reported on a tax return, such as: 
    • Child support.
    • Untaxed portions of pensions.
    • Housing, food, and other allowances paid to military, clergy, and others, including cash and cash value. Do not include the value of military on-base housing or the value of a basic military allowance for housing.
    • Veterans – non-education benefits including Disability, Death Pension, or Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and/or VA Educational Work-Study allowances. 
    • Other untaxed income such as worker’s compensation, disability benefits, etc.
  • Parents' untaxed income and benefits for the specified year.

Don’t include extended foster care benefits, student aid, earned income credit, additional child tax credit, welfare payments, untaxed Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act educational benefits, on-base military housing or a military housing allowance, combat pay, benefits from flexible spending arrangements (e.g., cafeteria plans), foreign income exclusion, or credit for federal tax on special fuels. 

Note: If your parents did not file a tax return all income would be entered on the untaxed income field. This includes earnings from work found on W-2s.

If you don't wish to include your income, enter $999,999.

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