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Both of my parents are deceased. My last parent died after I was eighteen, so I never had a guardian and am therefore considered an independent student.
However, my younger sister is 15 and my older sister is in the process of becoming her legal guardian. I am just wondering what ramifications this would have on my younger sister's financial aid applications.
Would she be considered an independent student, as I am? Or would she be a dependent student? Would my older sister be expected to contribute money towards my younger sister's college expenses?
My lawyer has assured me that my older sister would not be expected to pay anything, as she is only becoming the legal guardian and not actually adopting my sister. However I wanted to get an answer from people here because I know you are all very knowledgeable about the financial aid process.
Thanks in advance for any help.
P.S. My younger sister is considering schools that require both the FAFSA & the CSS profile.