<p>I've filled out several college applications because I'm transferring from a Community College to a 4-year college.</p>
<p>I am a British Citizen living in the US and am a permanent resident of FL.</p>
<p>On one application it said if I'm 24 or older than I can claim independent. Then on another application it says if I'm 25 and younger I have to claim dependent. On another application it said I can claim independent if I'm 24 or older and pay more than 50% of the income and blah blah blah.</p>
<p>This is such a headache and how can I claim independent on one app and then claim dependent on another. Why are they making things difficult?
I have a green card and proof of living in the country for for well over 12 months and each application has a different idea of what dependent and independent is.
(I was born in the UK (left when I was young) and raised in the US for the past 20-something years, only recieved a green card a few years ago after being on my parents visa)</p>
<p>Why can't they be more straightforward. I also don't exactly get by what they mean by 50% more cost of supporting myself? I have a job and pay for all my own stuff, but I don't pay bills and my parents help pay my tuition. So then do I have to claim dependent then on the Residency section? B/c on one of my apps it said if I'm 24 I can claim indpendent and claimed myself, and then now I'm wondering if I had to claim dependent and if it'll be an issue for that certain uni b/c of that.
This is really frustrating. Any help would be appreciated.</p>