Basically, one of my parents died when I was young, and the other is alive, but has pretty much abandoned me. I don't live with her and she doesn't support me financially. I was raised by my grandparents, but they never had legal custody of me (lived in a rural area, this same scenario happened to lots of kids. Parents couldn't take care of them, grandparents stepped in.) I know I still have to list her in my household on FAFSA, but on my commonapp household profile, could I list my grandmother, my now deceased grandfather, and my two siblings as my household? Now that I am an adult, I don't see why I would have to list my mother except for when it specifically asks for that information. When I am not in college, I do live with my grandmother. I also would like to write an essay about how I was raised by my grandparents, but I don't know how adcoms would percieve my mother abandoning me and my father being an addict, which is why I was not under his care.