FAFSA questions: Signed into federal law, and scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2023, are provisions to streamline the FAFSA for youth with experience with foster care and/or homelessness. This includes eliminating the requirements for the status of foster youth and unaccompanied homeless youths to be redetermined every year, and expanding the list of officials, programs acceded documents to verify that an applicant is a foster or an unaccompanied homeless youth.
There is also talk about simplifying FAFSA language regarding homeless youth; hopefully they keep (or improve) both questions regarding foster care history, because there is valuable information that can be attained by both of these targeted questions: (a.) “At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or a ward of the court?” and (b.) “Are you a foster youth or were you at any time in the foster care system?”