From Cornell's site, bolding mine:
"All students younger than 30 years of age on January 1 of the year of financial aid application are considered to be dependent on their families. The ability of the family to assist the student (rather than parental preference or intent) is the basis for determining eligibility for institutional aid such as College grants and scholarships, and the Health Professions Student Loan (which is mandated by federal guidelines). Students in graduate and professional programs are considered independent for purposes of the Federal Direct Loan programs and Federal Work Study. Students who want aid only from those programs need not provide parental data."
Independent = they do not consider parent info.
More from Cornell, bolding mine:
"Needs analysis for the College of Veterinary Medicine is a two-part process. It is used as a means to: Determine eligibility for federal loans and work study.
The federal government considers all graduate or professional students independent of their families, so only student (and spouse, if married) income and asset information reported on the FAFSA is used in the federal needs analysis formula to determine the expected student/spouse contribution. Any parental offer of assistance is subsequently added.
However, due to the federal regulations regarding the Health Professions Student loan (HPSL), parental information is required on the FAFSA and eligibility is determined by calculating the family contribution as if the student were still dependent. If no parental information is provided on the FAFSA the student is NOT eligible for the HPSL regardless of the contribution calculation."