How to Answer FAFSA Question #51-52: Legal Dependents

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51.  Do you now have or will you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020?
  • Yes
  • No

52.  Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2020?

  • Yes
  • No

Why are they asking this information?

These questions are asked to determine if you have children and/or a dependent(s) for whom you are providing financial support.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

  • If you have children, or are expecting children in the year for which you are applying for aid, you will answer “Yes.”
  • If you also, or only have a dependent (someone who may not be your own child, or possibly even a parent), AND you also provide more than 50% of their living expenses, then you will select “Yes.”
  • You will select “No” if you have a dependent, but do not financially support more than 50%of their living expenses.
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