ERIC Number: ED246762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-27
Reference Count: N/A
Hearing on Independent Student Status. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
The definition of the independent college student is discussed in hearings that are part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The importance of the definition has increased as the amount of federal dollars for student aid programs has declined or remained constant and the number of students requiring aid has increased. The current definition has three main components: the student has not lived with his or her parents for more than 6 weeks; the student has not and will not receive more than $750 support from the parent in the current year; and the parents have not claimed the student as an income tax exemption on their last income tax form. Attention is directed to the following concerns: whether there are major abuses by students claiming to be independent, the types of student who change their status from dependent to independent, and the cost implications for the federal government in students claiming independent status. Supplementary materials include: a College Board report by Alan P. Wagner and Nancy Carlson, "Financial Aid for Self-Supporting Students: Defining Independence;" and a report by Steven D. Cameron of the Illinois State Scholarship Commission, "The ED Independent Student Definition: An ISSC Analysis and Recommendation." (SW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.