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Under the Higher Education Act, a student is an independent student if they are, or were immediately prior to attaining the age of majority, in legal guardianship as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in the student’s state of legal residence. Schools cannot “overturn” a court’s decision. That is, schools do not have the professional judgment authority to adjust a student’s dependency status from independent to dependent. However, there are some tools available to you if you suspect that a student’s legal guardianship was established solely for dependency status purposes. View the full answer to this question to learn more and search for answers to your other pressing regulatory and compliance questions, in NASFAA's AskRegs Knowledgebase.
NASFAA's Policy and Federal Relations team is excited to welcome its newest team member, Rachel Gentry, who will serve as the assistant director of federal relations. Prior to joining NASFAA last month, Rachel was a research policy intern for the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). She's also served as a postsecondary education intern at the Center for American Progress (CAP), and as a college adviser for the College Advising Corps. Please join us in welcoming Rachel to the team!
Did the NASFAA webinar on Need Analysis and Professional Judgment pique your interest in that topic? There is so much more to learn. Need Analysis and Professional Judgment is just one of the many topics offered through NASFAA U online courses. There is no better way to master a topic than through NASFAA U online courses. Other topics include Student Eligibility, Return of Title IV Funds, and Verification. Most courses include complimentary access to the corresponding credential test for those who pass the course. Take a look at the full 2019-20 schedule of courses.
As explained in a March 28, 2019 Electronic Announcement posted on the IFAP website, Federal Student Aid will be retiring the FSAdownload website and posting software and user documentation on the IFAP website instead.