FAFSA INDEPENDENT STATUS FOR KINGAP GUARDIANSHIPS

Q: If a youth is exits foster care to kinship guardianship (Kin-GAP) and the court orders their dependency case closed, is the youth still eligible to claim independent student status on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

A: A youth who exited foster care to a KinGAP guardianship prior to the age of 13 would not answer yes to question #53 (being in foster care) but they would still be able to claim independent status by answering yes to question #55 (are you or were you in legal guardianship) if the guardianship remained in place until they turned 18 or is still in effect if they are a minor. A youth who exited foster care to a KinGAP guardianship after the age of 13 would answer yes to both question #53 and question #55 (if the guardianship remained in place until they turned 18 or is still in effect if they are a minor.)

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