Answer: No. The student should not ask his mother to complete the FAFSA. He qualifies as an unaccompanied homeless youth and is independent for the FAFSA. If he cannot produce verification from a liaison or shelter, then the financial aid administrator (FAA) at his school MUST make the determination. A simple interview with the student is all the FAA needs to make the determination. This is all on page 121 of the Application and Verification Guide.
We have an unaccompanied homeless youth staying with us. We are trying to help him enroll in community college. The college said that he should fill out the FAFSA and ask his mother to fill out her portion. If she refuses, they will set up an interview to assess if he qualifies as homeless. Is this right?
Jul 1, 2020 | Q and A