Who is Included in Household Size?

Household size is the number of people for whom the financial head of the household is financially responsible.  

For dependent students, the household size will include the parent or parents with whom they live most of the year, plus any children or other dependents for whom those parents are financially responsible. It is important that the student remember to include themselves and, if applicable, a stepparent in that calculation.

For independent students, the household size will include themselves, their spouse if married, and any children or other dependents for whom the student and their spouse are financially responsible.