At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?

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This is question 53 on the paper FAFSA.

Select Yes if you had no living parent (biological or adoptive) at any time since you turned age 13, even if you are now adopted.

Select Yes if you were in foster care at any time since you turned age 13, even if you are no longer in foster care as of today.

Select Yes if you were a dependent or ward of the court at any time since you turned age 13, even if you are no longer a dependent / ward of the court as of today.

Note: For federal student aid purposes, someone who is incarcerated is not considered a ward of the court.

Note: The financial aid administrator at your college may require you to provide proof that you were in foster care or a dependent / ward of the court.

If you are not sure if you were in foster care, check with your state child welfare agency. You can find out the contact information for your state child welfare agency by visiting your state child welfare agency.

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