How to Answer FAFSA Question #69-73: Parents' Residency Status & Household Occupants Attending College

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69. What is your parents' state of legal residence?
70. Did your parents become legal residents of this state before January 1, 2015?
71. If the answer to question 71 is "No," give the month and year legal residency began for the parent who has lived in the state the longest?
72. How many people are in your parents' household?


  • yourself, even if you don't live with your parents,
  • your parents
  • your parents' other children (even if they do not live with your parents) if (a) your parents will provide more than half of their support between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, or (b) the children could answer "No" to every question in Step Three on page 5 of this form, and
  • other people if they now live with your parents, your parents provide more than half of their support and your parents will continue to provide more than half of their support between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
73. How many people in your parents' household (from question 72) will be in college between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022?

Out of the *[sum of dependents]* people in your household (as indicated above), how many will be in college in 2021-2022? Include yourself in this number.

Always count yourself as a college student. Do not include your parents. Do not include siblings who are in U.S. military service academies. You may include others only if they will attend, at least half-time in 2021-2022, a program that leads to a college degree or certificate.

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Why are they asking this information?

Questions in this group inquire about who specifically resides in your household/home.

In this section, you will also be asked to clarify which of the people who reside in your household / home are or will currently attend either college or a degree seeking program in the upcoming academic year.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

You will want to list the number of people living in your household/home, beginning with yourself, then your parent(s), and any other siblings or relatives for whom your parent(s) pay 50% or more of their financial support. The persons listed on your parents’ Federal tax return as dependents will give you an idea of who can be considered as counted in your household/home.

When asked to list the people in your household / home who are or are planning to attend college or seek a degree in the upcoming academic year, begin by counting yourself, but also include any siblings who will attend and be enrolled as part-time students, as well. You do not want to include your parents in this section, even if they are in college or a degree-seeking program. Adults who have already earned a degree, are in graduate or professional programs, or who are over the age of 24 will not be counted as simultaneously being in college during the same period as you. (This applies even if your parents are helping to pay their educational costs).