Filling Out the FAFSA: I am Legally Emancipated

Legally emancipated students don't have to include their parents’ financial information on the FAFSA.

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The FAFSA can be difficult for non-traditional families to navigate. 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.

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 53 (As determined by a court in your legal state of 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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