Independent Conflict

Because you answered “Yes” to a certain Dependency Question on the FAFSA you have been selected for Verification and have been requested to provide additional documentation to substantiate your answer on the FAFSA.

Orphan/Foster Care/Ward of the Court

You indicated on your FAFSA that at any time since age 13 one of the following occurred:

  • Both of your parents were deceased
  • You were in foster care
  • You were a ward/dependent of the court.

If the answer is correct, please provide proof to support your circumstance to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Supporting documentation may include a copy of the court order regarding foster care or ward of the court status or copies of death certificates for both parents.

Emancipated Minor

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

If the answer is correct, provide the Office of Student Financial Aid a copy of a court’s decision (not a lawyer or notary signed document) that as of today you are an emancipated minor, or that you were an emancipated minor immediately before you reached the age of being an adult in your state.

Guardianship

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

If this answer is correct provide the Office of Student Financial Aid with a copy of a court’s decision that, as of today, you are in a legal guardianship, or that you were in a legal guardianship immediately before you reached the age of being an adult in your state.

Note that this is for a court’s decision on a legal guardianship, not a custody agreement with a relative.

If you only have a custody agreement, we cannot verify your independent status. However, you may qualify for an Independent Appeal.

Homeless by High School

You indicated on your FAFSA that your high school or school district homeless liaison determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.

If the answer is correct, please provide proof to support your circumstance to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Documentation may include a signed and dated letter from the school official making this determination on official school letterhead.

Homeless by Director of Center

You indicated on your FAFSA that the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.

If the answer is correct, please provide proof to support your circumstance to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Documentation may include a signed and dated letter from the emergency shelter official making this determination.  

Homeless by Transitional Living

You indicated on your FAFSA that the director of a runaway, homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.

If the answer is correct, please provide proof to support your circumstance to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Documentation may include a signed and dated letter from the program director making this determination.