Filling Out the FAFSA: I Am Legally Emancipated

Legally emancipated students don't have to include their parents’ financial information on the FAFSA.
Anna Helhoski
By Anna Helhoski 
Updated
Edited by Alexandra Rice

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Is the new FAFSA available? After a weeklong "soft-launch" period, the redesigned FAFSA for the 2024-25 academic year is now available 24/7 at FAFSA.gov. Due to major processing delays, you won't be able to make changes to your submitted FAFSA until mid-March, at the soonest.

You can still submit the 2023-24 FAFSA until June 30, 2024.

Students who are/were emancipated minors, as determined by a court, do not have to include their parents’ financial information on the FAFSA.

Any support received from friends or relatives should be reported on Worksheet B as income for the student.

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Steps for filling out the FAFSA for emancipated minors

  1. Include your personal income and assets on the FAFSA.

  2. In Step 3 (Student), check “yes” for question 50 (As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor?).

  3. Skip all of Step 4 (Parent).

  4. Report any financial support received from legal guardians or foster parents on Worksheet B as personal income.

  5. Contact your university’s financial aid office and explain your situation; see if they have university-specific advice or protocols.

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