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There are three different questions on the FAFSA regarding being an unaccompanied homeless youth. The determination that you meet the definition of an unaccompanied homeless youth must be provided in writing by your high school or school district homeless liaison, a director of a homeless shelter or transitional housing program funded by HUD, or a director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program. The definition of unaccompanied homeless youth is:

  • “Homeless” means lacking fixed, regular and adequate housing. You may be homeless if you are living in shelters, parks, motels or cars, or temporarily living with other people because you have nowhere else to go.
  • “Unaccompanied” means you are not living in the physical custody of your parent or guardian.
  • “Youth” means you are 23 years of age or younger or you are still enrolled in high school as of the day you signed your FAFSA.