Independent Undergraduate Students
Except in the most extraordinary circumstances, Wake Forest
classifies incoming students as dependent on their parents for
institutional financial aid purposes, even though some students
may meet the federal definition of "independence."
Students who enroll at Wake Forest as dependent students are
considered dependent throughout their undergraduate years when
need for institutional grants is determined. For institutional
financial aid purposes, a student may not "declare"
independence due to attainment of legal age, internal family
arrangements, marriage, or family disagreements. When a student
applies for need-based aid, both parents, including the noncustodial
parent, are required to provide the requested financial information.
If you have extenuating family circumstances, you should consult
a financial aid counselor in the Wake Forest Office of Student Financial Aid.