How to Answer FAFSA Question #87: Parents Current Businesses

FAFSA Question #87 Parents Current Businesses

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87.  As of today, what is the net worth of your parents’ current businesses and/or investment farms? Don’t include a family farm or family business with 100 or fewer full-time or full-time equivalent employees. See Notes page 9.
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Why are they asking this information?

This question is intended to have you determine and report the value of your parent’s / parents’ business/investment/farm net worth. Net worth is basically the value of of the business/investment/farm minus any debt that is owed.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

To answer this question, you will simply subtract the total value(s) from the debt(s) owed and report that number. If the number is positive, leave as is. If the number is negative, you will report $0. For multiple businesses/investment/farms owned, add these figures, once calculated individually, together and report as one figure.

Additional considerations

When reporting this figure, it is important to understand that net worth cannot be reported as a negative number, even if your parents owe more in debt than the value of their business/investment/farm.

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