Household Size

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Household size is an important factor in determining your financial aid eligibility. The online and mobile app will auto-populate information based on assumptions. (e.g., if you are dependent and your FAFSA® parent is married, it will assume a household size of 3 – your FAFSA parent, your FAFSA parent’s spouse, and yourself).

Dependent student household size includes:

  • Your FAFSA parent(s)
  • Yourself, even if you do not live with your FAFSA parent (the student)
  • Your FAFSA parent’s other children, even if they do not live with your FAFSA parent, if
    • Your FAFSA parent will provide more than half of their support from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, or
    • These children can answer “No” to the dependency status questions on the FAFSA
  • Other people if:
    • They live with your FAFSA parent
    • You FAFSA parent provides more than half of their support, and
    • Your FAFSA parent will continue to provide more than of their support from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021

Independent student household size includes:

  • Yourself
  • Your spouse, if married, except if your spouse is not living with you because of death, separation, or divorce
  • Your children (including unborn children if they will be born between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021), if you will provide more than half of their support between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, even if they do not live with you
  • Other people if they now live with you, you provide more than half of their support and will continue to provide more than half of their support between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021
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Number in college

This question will also have an impact on your financial aid award. Here you want to enter the number of people in your FAFSA parent’s household who will attend college between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

    Yourself, even if you will attend college less than half-time in the 2020-2021 award year.
  • Other people in your FAFSA parent’s household only if they are enrolled or will be enrolled in college at least half-time in 2020-2021, in a program which leads to a college degree or certificate.

Do not include:

  • Your parents, even if they are enrolled at least half-time in 2020-2021 in a program leading to a degree or a certificate.
  • Students at a U.S. service academy because most of their primary educational expenses are paid for by the federal government.

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