Parents’ State of Legal Residence


This is question 70 on the FAFSA.

The response indicates the current state of legal residence for the parents for whom the student has reported income information on the FAFSA. A response of Foreign Country identifies the student's parents as residing in a foreign country.

The state of legal residence is the student's parents' true, fixed, and permanent home.

If the legal parents have different states of legal residence, answer for the parent that the student lived with most during the last 12 months. If the student did not live with one parent more than the other, provide information about the parent who provided more financial support during the last 12 months, or during the most recent year that the student actually received support from a parent.

Note: A legal parent includes a biological or adoptive parent, or a person that the state has determined to be the student’s parent (for example, when a state allows another person’s name to be listed as a parent on a birth certificate). Grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, older brothers or sisters, widowed stepparents, and aunts and uncles are not considered parents unless they have legally adopted the student.

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