Dependency Documentation

You have marked “Yes” to one of the dependency questions (52-57) on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts will need additional documentation to continue processing your aid.  Please review the criteria listed below:

FAFSA question 52:

You indicated on your FAFSA, that since you turned age 13, both your parents were deceased, or you were in foster care, or you were a dependent or ward of the court.

  1. If orphaned, submit a copy of your birth certificate and copies of both parents’ death certificates to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts.
  2. If in foster care, submit a copy of official court documentation showing that you were in foster care to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts.
  3. If you were a dependent or ward of the court, submit a copy of official court documentation showing that you were a ward of the court to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts.

FAFSA question 53:

You indicated on your FAFSA that you are or were an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence.

  • Submit a copy of a court’s decision that you are or were an emancipated minor immediately before you reached the age of being an adult in your state to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts. The court must be located in your state of legal residence at the time the court’s decision was issued.

FAFSA question 54:

You indicated on your FAFSA that you are or were in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence.

  • Submit a copy of a court’s decision that you are or were in legal guardianship immediately before you reached the age of being an adult in your state to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts.  The court must be located in your state of legal residence at the time the court’s decision was issued.

FAFSA questions 55, 56 or 57:

You indicated on your FAFSA that at some time on or after July 1 of the previous year, one of the following applied:

  • Your high school or school district homeless liaison determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.
  • The director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.
  • The director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.

Instructions:

Submit a letter on official letterhead from one of the following designated officials documenting your homelessness to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts:

  1. A high school or school district homeless liaison.
  2. A director or designee of a HUD-funded shelter or transitional housing program.
  3. A director or designee of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program.

If you answered questions 52-57 on your FAFSA incorrectly you will need to:

  • Correct Questions 52-57 to “No” on your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Provide parental information on your SAR.
  • Request parent to obtain a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education at http://www.pin.ed.gov, if necessary, to serve as your parent’s electronic signature.
  • Resubmit your corrected SAR electronically at http://www.fafsa.gov with your and your parent’s electronic signature.