The answer is: it depends. It depends on whether financial aid providers classify you as a "dependent" or "independent" student according to the definition established by law, and sometimes on the specific school or program you attend. (The answer is not affected by whether a parent claimed you as a dependent on their tax return or not.)
If you are filling out your Mos profile, we will figure this out for you early in the process. When you complete your first section of questions, Mos will automatically notify you whether your parental information is required.
Here are the nine specific factors that determine whether you qualify as a "dependent" student, in which case you will need to include information about your parents on your financial aid applications, or you qualify as an "independent" student and parental information may not be necessary:
If the answer to one or more of these questions is "yes," then you are considered an independent student. In most cases, this means you can skip entering parental information altogether. Some schools, however, request that you enter parental information no matter what. Additionally, graduate studies in medicine and law often request parental information from independent students. If you are independent, Mos will provide you with the option to enter parental information. We got you!