Q: I am a helping a foster youth who is participating in AB12 to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and it is asking her to provide income information for her parents. Does she have to do this since she’s a foster youth?
A: No. When she completes her FAFSA, she should make sure that she answers yes to Question #53 that asks “At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?” If she is completing the FAFSA electronically, when she responds “yes” to that question it will automatically remove any questions related to parental income. She will still need to provide information about her own income.
For more information about foster youth financial aid eligibility, listen to a recent web seminar, featuring knowledgeable financial aid representatives who discuss how to ensure foster youth receive the financial aid to which they are entitled.
The deadline to submit the FAFSA is March 2nd!