This question asks if you were born before before January 1, 1997 to determine if you would be considered an Independent student.
You are considered an independent student if you meet any of the following criteria:
You are considered a dependent student if you meet none of these criteria.
This may seem redundant, since the FAFSA already asks for your birthday, but this question belongs in a series of the next few questions which address each criteria listed above.
To answer, this question, you will select "Yes" if you were born prior to January 1, 1997, and "No" if you were not.