When we consider you dependent
If you’re 21 or younger, we’ll consider you dependent unless you meet one of the conditions that make you independent.
If you’re dependent we’ll use one of the following to work out how much you can get:
This means your parents or guardians’ income may affect your payment.
If you’re 22 or older, we’ll treat you as permanently independent. If you’re younger than 22, you may be permanently independent or your independence may be reviewable.
If you’re independent, we’ll work out how much money you can get using one or more of the following:
When you’re independent, your parents’ or guardians’ income won’t affect your payment.
You’re not independent just because you don’t live with your parents or guardians, or they don’t support you.