Youth With Special Family Circumstances
Criteria and Verification
When completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ("FAFSA")
Do You Have a Legal Guardian?
- Select “Yes” if you can provide a copy of a court’s decision that you have a legal guardian appointed by a court. The court must be located in your state of legal residence. For purposes of this program, a legal guardian is an adult, other than your biological parent. For further clarification of this requirement, refer to the Department of Education's 2012-2013 Application and Verification Guide, Chapter 2, page AVG-23
- If the court order is no longer in effect, answer “No.”
- Loyola University New Orleans will require all applicants to provide a copy of the court order to document their status.
Youth in Foster Care
- Answer "yes" to question 55 on the FAFSA if, at any time since turning age 13, you were placed in foster care, even if you are no longer in foster care on the day you complete the FAFSA.
- Loyola University New Orleans will require that all students who answer "yes', provide supporting documentation that confirms their answer.
Ward of the Court
- According to the Department of Education's 2012-2013 Application and Verification Guide, Chapter 2, page AVG-23 : "A student is a ward of the court if the court IF the court has assumed custody of her. In some states, the court may impose its authority over a juvenile who remains in the legal custody of her parents; such a student is not a ward of the court. Also, incarceration of a student does not qualify her as a ward of the court. In some states the phrase " ward of the state" is used. This is considered the same as a ward of the court for dependency status as long as the the student is a ward of the state not due to incarceration.
- Both biological parents must be deceased for a student to file the FAFSA as an orphan.
Youth in Foster Care
- Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care and Unaccompanied Homeless Yourh
- From Foster Care to Higher Ed
- Foster Youth Who Have Succeeded in Higher Education:Common Themes
- Louisiana Department of Social Services - Foster Care Services
- Child Welfare and Information Gateway
- College Access, Financial Aid, and College Success for Undergraduates from Foster Care
- The Fostering Adoption to Further Student Achievement Act
- Expanded Access To College Financial Aid for Former Foster Youth - Under this new law, youth who are adopted from foster care at any point after their 13th birthday will not have to include their parents’ income in the calculations for determining their need for financial aid. This change is effective for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Updated May 21, 2012