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Section F -- "Household Information"

AwardYear: 1994-1995
Edition: PostSecondary
Part: 3 - - Filling Out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
SectionNumber:
SectionTitle: Section F -- "Household Information"

PageNumbers: 71-73


PURPOSE: THE NUMBER OF FAMILY MEMBERS REPORTED
IN SECTION F DETERMINES THE AMOUNT OF THE FAMILY
SIZE OFFSET AND MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE THAT
WILL BE SUBTRACTED FROM THE FAMILY'S INCOME TO
ACCOUNT FOR BASIC LIVING EXPENSES. IN ADDITION, IF
MORE THAN ONE FAMILY MEMBER IS IN COLLEGE AT
THE SAME TIME, THE CONTRIBUTION THE FAMILY IS
EXPECTED TO MAKE FOR EACH STUDENT IS REDUCED.
FAMILY SIZE AND MARITAL STATUS ALSO AFFECT THE
TREATMENT OF INCOME AND ASSETS IN THE EFC
CALCULATION.


Household Size

The following persons may be included in the household size of the
DEPENDENT student:

1. The STUDENT

2. The STUDENT'S PARENT(S), excluding a parent not living
in the household as a result of death, separation, or divorce

3. The STUDENT'S SIBLINGS, if they received or will receive
more than half of their support*10* from the student's
parent(s) between July 1, 1994 and June 30, 1995

4. The STUDENT'S CHILDREN, if they received or will receive
more than half of their support from the student's parent(s)
between July 1, 1994 and June 30, 1995

5. The student's parent's UNBORN CHILD and/or the student's
unborn child, if that child will be born before or during the
award year (July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995) and the
student's parents will provide more than half of the child's
support from the projected date of birth until the end of the
award year

6. OTHER PERSONS, if they live with and receive more than
one-half of their support from the student's parent(s) at the
time of application and will continue to receive that support
for the entire 1994-95 award year (July 1, 1994 through June
30, 1995)

The following persons may be included in the household size of the
INDEPENDENT student:

1. The STUDENT

2. The STUDENT'S SPOUSE, excluding a spouse not living in
the household as a result of death, separation, or divorce

3. The STUDENT'S DEPENDENT CHILDREN, if they received
or will receive more than half of their support from the
student's household between July 1, 1994 and June 30, 1995

4. The STUDENT'S UNBORN CHILD, if that child will be born
before or during the award year and the student's household
will provide more than half of the child's support from the
projected date of birth to the end of the award year

5. OTHER PERSONS, if they live with the student and receive
more than one-half of their support from the student's
household at the time of application and will continue to
receive that support for the entire 1994-95 award year (July 1,
1994 through June 30, 1995)

For the purpose of including children in household size, the
"support" test is used (rather than residency) because there may be
situations in which a parent supports a child who does not live with
the parent, especially in cases where the parent is divorced or
separated. In such cases, the parent who provides more than half of
the child's support may claim the child in household size. If the
parent receives benefits (such as Social Security or AFDC payments)
in the child's name, these benefits must be counted as parental
support to the child.

Financial information for a stepparent should be reported on the
form, and the stepparent should be included in household size.

If a student, spouse or parent is pregnant at the time an application
is filed, the expected child may be included in household size. If
there is a medical determination that twins are expected, both
expected children can be included.

Number in College

The number in college includes all those in the household who are
attending a postsecondary educational institution for at least six
credit hours in at least one term, or at least 12 clock hours per week.
The student should always include himself or herself even if the
student will be enrolled for less than half time. In addition, the
student must be working towards a degree or certificate leading to a
recognized education credential at a college that is eligible to
participate in any of the federal student aid programs.

*10* If a sibling would be considered dependent for the purposes of
applying for federal student aid, he or she can be included in
household size, regardless of whether more than half of his or her
support is provided by the student's parents. (Refer to the
instructions to the FAFSA for additional information on household
size.)

Last Modified: 02/19/1998