Dependent/Independent Status Disclosure
The AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program is privately funded and has established certain eligibility guidelines, which may differ from federally funded aid programs. These eligibility guidelines take in to account the federal poverty guideline, as specified by family size, and are verified by tax documentation from the previous year.
Unlike some federally funded programs, the Fee Assistance Program does not draw distinction based on your dependent or independent status, and therefore, parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required portions of the application process for all applicants. Parental information is viewed independently from applicant data, but must also fall within eligibility guidelines.
This requirement cannot be waived on the basis of your marital status, age, or tax filing status. You will not be able to submit your application without inputting parental information.
Grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, aunts, uncles, or other relatives are not considered parents.
Do You Have Any Living Parents?
If you have one or more living parents, click Yes. If one of your parents is deceased, you will indicate that when you select a marital status for your parents.
If you are unsure how to answer this question or do not know if either of your parents are living, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-828-0600.
Select the appropriate marital status for your parents as of December 31 of last year. If you are unsure what their marital status is, ask them. Please contact us at email@example.com or 202-828-0600 if you do not see a marital status that matches your parents’.
If your parents are Married, or Not Married and Both Parents Living Together, enter both parents’ name and State of Legal Residence. When you get to the Parent Financial section, you will report income for one parent household.
If your parents are Divorced, One or Both Remarried; Divorced Neither Remarried; Not Married and Living Separately; or Separated enter both parents’ name and State of Legal Residence. When you get to the Parent Financial section, you will report income for two parent households.
If your parents are Widowed or Single, enter your parent’s name and State of Legal Residence. When you get to the Parent Financial section, you will report income for one parent household.
- Select Widowed if one of your parents is deceased, even if they were never legally married.
- Select Single if you have only known one parent for your entire life.