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Legal Guardian

Woodsy93Woodsy93 Posts: 48Registered User Junior Member
So my grandmother has been my legal guardian since about 2003, so I put that I am in legal guardianship on the FAFSA. It then asked if I wanted to answer questions about my parents so I said yes and it was asking about my mother and father and their financial info. The thing is if I say no I dont want to answer, it only asks about my financial info. Im only a dependent of my grandmother and Ill still be 17 when I start college. What do I do??

P.S. I am originally from California and that is where she became my legal guardian, but I now live in Alabama. Will that change anything?
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  • thumper1thumper1 Posts: 37,814Registered User Senior Member
    If your grandmother is your legal guardian, I believe you will be considered independent for financial aid purposes. You do NOT put info about your parents on the FAFSA...and you do not put your grandma on there either if she is your guardian.

    Your state of residency is where you live with your grandma.

    Someone else here will verify my answer, but I believe I'm correct. That being the case...answer NO to the question about providing info about your parents.
  • kelsmomkelsmom Posts: 12,585Super Moderator Senior Member
    Do not provide any parent info ... you are automatically independent by virtue of being in legal guardianship. If you only have 0's for financial info, that is fine. Just answer honestly, and you'll be fine.

    Many schools ask for proof of guardianship. You will be asked to provide a copy of the court document giving your grandmother legal guardianship. It would be a really good idea to get your paperwork together, just in case you need to submit it.
  • Woodsy93Woodsy93 Posts: 48Registered User Junior Member
    I actually do have a job and when I looked at my last paycheck from 2010, its said I made somewhere around 4000-4500 for the year (i cant remember exactly). Ive never filed taxes and Im not sure if i should/have, so I put Im not going to. I havent submitted the FAFSA yet, but yes my grandmother has copies of the legal guardianship papers, just in case.
  • kelsmomkelsmom Posts: 12,585Super Moderator Senior Member
    You would need to enter your income from work as whatever your gross income is from the last paycheck of the year. You do not put any numbers in for AGI or taxes paid, since these are only for those who file a tax return. You would then say that you will not file a return.

    You may want to consider filing a tax return, though, because you might get some money back. It's worth downloading a 1040EZ from Internal Revenue Service and filling it out ... you might find that it is worth it!
  • Woodsy93Woodsy93 Posts: 48Registered User Junior Member
    My mom got my w2 today, and I think I would get only like less than 100 dollars or something like that haha. Its better than nothing I guess, but idk if Ill file.
  • sk8rmomsk8rmom Posts: 5,746Registered User Senior Member
    It's not difficult to file a 1040EZ at all...it's really almost self-explanatory and you can file online for free. If I were 17 and had worked 10-12 hours to make that $100, I'd probably take another 15 minutes to get it back...you may wish you had it next year when you see how much you're spending on books!
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