Does someone other than your parent or stepparent have legal guardianship of you, as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
This is question 54 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.
For this question, the definition of legal guardianship doesn’t include your parents, even if they were appointed by a court to be your guardian. You’re also not considered a legal guardian of yourself.
Check the box if you can provide a copy of a court’s decision that
- as of today you’re in legal guardianship; or
- you were in a legal guardianship immediately before you reached the age of being an adult in your state.
The court must be located in your state of legal residence at the time the court's decision was issued.
Don’t check the box if
- you’re still a minor and the court decision is no longer in effect or the court decision wasn’t in effect at the time you became an adult; or
- custody was awarded by the courts and the court papers say custody (not guardianship).
Note: The financial aid administrator at your college or career school might require you to provide additional information such as a copy of the court’s decision.