Does someone other than your parent or stepparent have legal guardianship of you, as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
This is question 55 on the paper FAFSA.
For this question, the definition of legal guardianship does not include your parents, even if they were appointed by a court to be your guardian. You are also not considered a legal guardian of yourself.
Check the box if you can provide a copy of a court's decision that as of today you are in legal guardianship.
Also check the box if you can provide a copy of a court's decision that you were in a legal guardianship immediately before you reached the age of being an adult in your state. The court must be located in your state of legal residence at the time the court's decision was issued.
If you are still a minor and the court decision is no longer in effect or the court decision was not in effect at the time you became an adult, do not check the box.
Also do not check the box and contact your school if custody was awarded by the courts and the court papers say custody (not guardianship).
Note: The financial aid administrator at your college may require you to provide additional information such as a copy of the court's decision.