Financial Aid Process for Students without Guardians
Are you working with a student who wants to go to college, but is homeless, at risk of being homeless, or is no longer in contact with his/her biological parents? The University of North Dakota has a process in place to work with tough situations like these.
The UND Financial Aid Office has a special circumstance appeal form that the student is required to complete, along with submitting written documentation about the situation to determine if the student could be considered independent on the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).
Definition of an Independent Student per the U.S. Department of Education
For students to be considered independent for financial aid purposes in the 2014-15 academic year, they must be able to answer "yes" to at least one in a series of questions. Sample questions include:
- Were you born before January 1, 1991?
- 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?
- At any time on or after July 1, 2013, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
- At any time on or after July 1, 2013, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
The full list of questions can be found at FAFSA.
If you have additional questions on the process, please feel free to contact the UND Student Financial Aid Office at 701.777.3121.