Is an Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Determination a Professional Judgment Adjustment?

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No. According to guidance NASFAA has received from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) homeless youth determinations are not considered professional judgment (PJ). They are processed as a Homeless Youth Determination (and not as a dependency override) in the College Use Only section of the FAFSA or Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR). You do not change the Professional Judgment Flag to indicate a PJ adjustment was made for these students.

While these determinations must be made on a case-by-case basis and documented in the student's file, the school must review the student's circumstances and make a determination for any student who requests it.

Tools: Refer to the following tools to assist with this student population:

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