Okay, I don't know of this is a stupid question but I am curious as to how I will qualify for financial aid when I turn 25. I am already 23 so that will come sooner than I expect. I won't be a dependent anymore so does this mean I need to have some kind of job and file my own income tax returns to qualify for financial aid as a independent? If that is the case I will just take two classes every semester while working or just leave school and go work for a few years to save up money for college. Then I will be terribly old by the time I graduate.....if I graduate. Sorry, I looked this up and could not really find answers for this.