Parent Information Requirement
Parent information is required from medical students and students in the Generalist Entry Masters (GEM) program who wish to be considered for need-based discretionary funding through Rush.
Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, GEM and medical students who will be at least 30 years of age by the start date of their program are not required to submit parent information in order to receive full consideration for Rush's need-based discretionary aid. For students who will not meet the age requirement by the start date of their program, exceptions to the parent information requirement will only be made in extreme situations.
The new age limit applies only to students starting on or after fall 2016. All students who began their program in a term prior to fall 2016 will remain subject to the parent information requirement for the entirety of their program.
Submitting parental data does not affect the amount of Federal Stafford Loan that a graduate or professional student is eligible to receive.
We only request parent information during your first year at Rush.* Returning students who have provided parent information in a previous year will not be required to submit an annual update to their parents' information.**
* Per federal regulation, dependent undergraduate students are required to submit parent information with each financial aid application.
** Students who choose to submit parent information beyond the first year will have the parent information in their student file updated to reflect any changes in financial aid eligibility.
What is Required
To satisfy the parent information requirement, you must:
- Include parent information in the parent section of the FAFSA. You may make a correction to your application to add this information if you have already submitted it. Please visit the FAFSA website to make your correction.
- Have your parent complete the Parent Information Form.
Why We Ask for Parent Information
Simply put, need-based grants and discretionary loan programs are limited. We do not have enough of these dollars to distribute evenly to all GEM and medical students. As a result, parent data is used to determine the amount of institutional grants and loans awarded to GEM and medical students by the Office of Student Financial Aid. We do not expect that parents of graduate and professional students will be contributing to their child's education. The purpose of collecting this information is to compare students who might otherwise look very similar on a financial aid application across economic backgrounds.