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17 y/o and both parents are deceased.

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    We have taken in a 17 y/o girl who has been a close family friend 15 years and both parents are deceased. Wondering what is best for her, she is 17 and a year away from going to college/military. If we establish guardianship will our income becomes what she has to report for financial aid? How about health insurance? Will she be covered through college if she goes through the State? I know she will be covered if we establish guardianship.

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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out for this youth. Sounds like you has endured so much loosing both her parents, and it seems like you all are an amazing support for her.

    It is smart to think about her future schooling. Unfortunately, we are not experts on college admissions or financial aid so we cannot really answer your questions. We know generally that FASFA does ask for information on youth's guardians. We also know that in some cases youth can fill out forms showing they have been an independent, but you would want to reach out to a college adviser or school counselor to learn more about that. The FASFA website might be able to point you in a better direction for assistance:

    We hope that information is helpful, and we wish we could better answer your questions.


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