Based on guidance in the 2015-2016 AVG, when the relevant dependency questions on the FAFSA do not match the household size, the school should update the relevant dependency questions on the FAFSA to match what was verified.



When the relevant dependency questions do not match the relationships of the members in the household grid on the household form there will be a red box above file review.  This box is a notification for the school user.  The school user will need to follow their current school policy to determine if:

  1. An update is made to the relevant dependency question answers on the FAFSA based on documentation that has been provided
  2. The school requires the student to correct their household form
  3. The school requests additional information from the student

The school user has the ability to review the household form by selecting the View Household Form button.

The notification box will appear in the following situations:

  • If on the FAFSA the student answers Yes to the question Is student married? and does not include a person in the household grid with the relationship of spouse
    • Please Note: If the student's marital status is Separated the red box will appear since the dependency question is student married should still be yes and they would not include a spouse in the household grid.  In this case an update to the dependency question may not be needed.
  • If on the FAFSA the student answers Yes to the question Have children you support? and does not include a person in the household grid with the relationship of child
  • If on the FAFSA the student answers Yes to the question Dependents other than children/spouse? and does not include a person in the household grid with the relationship of other
Corrections to the relevant dependency questions would be made through full file review if the school policy is to update based on documentation provided by the student.

Additional information may be viewed in the 2015-2016 AVG chapter 4, page 84-85 under the household size section.