Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman, Education Law Attorney - Cleveland, OH
Posted over 1 year ago.

Here is the link:
http://www.fastweb.com/financial-aid/articles/699-fafsa-and-the-independent-student

Christine C McCall
Christine C McCall, Administrative Law Lawyer - Pasadena, CA
Posted over 1 year ago.

From the Ohio School Boards Association (http://www.ohioschoolboards.org/sites/default/files/OSBAEmanciatedFactSheet.pdf)

"Emancipated minors are students under the age of 18 who are independent from their parents or other legal guardian. The concept of emancipation in the law literally means that a parent has released their claim to the services and earnings of their minor child. Practically speaking, it means that a minor is no longer under the physical custody and control of his or her parents, and the child is responsible for his or her own support. It is presumed that a minor who resides with his or her parents is presumed not emancipated.
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Emancipation of a minor is a common law doctrine. Emancipation may occur by an event or be inferred from a student’s circumstances. For example, minors may become emancipated through marriage or by enlisting in the military. Additionally, if a parent allows a child to move out, become employed, and support him or herself, emancipation may occur by inference."

Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman, Education Law Attorney - Cleveland, OH
Posted over 1 year ago.

As correctly pointed out, for purposes of support marriage or military service can emancipate a minor in Ohio. If the asker is a minor and the FAFSA board will accept Ohio's definition, those may be options. Here is more detail on Ohio law written by a local magistrate: https://www.ohiobar.org/forpublic/resources/lawyoucanuse/pages/lawyoucanuse-255.aspx.

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Asker
Posted over 1 year ago.

Ms. Hoffman, thank you for these insightful comments. Unfortunately the problem I am facing is opinion based - I have shown countless times for months now that I was abused (the felonies are on file, and I went to the court house to get them all), and also that I left at 17. The individual handling my case simply refuses to accept it - I have literally produced dozens of documents over four months and each time they simply request a new set. I've asked multiple times for the complete set they would like - and each time I produce it, each document always supporting what I am saying, and each time they say "I'll need more." I am at the end of my rope and need more legal advice. Without parents, they have to know they have me over the coals here and I don't know what to do, legally speaking.

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Posted over 1 year ago.

I appreciate your inputs, and hope that you can assist me in guiding me in the right direction. I am not a lawyer, and have limited experience and knowledge of these situations especially due to my situation (no parents). FAFSA also has a second list, which I have fulfilled a hundred times over (mild understatement - dozens of documents). Is there any way to talk directly to FAFSA, or to a third party?