How Do I File My FAFSA when I’m Pregnant? | 10.06.09

Posted in FAFSA, Financial Aid By Student Loan Network Staff

fafsa_dependentDid you know the size of your family directly impacts how much federal aid you are eligible for? Essentially the more dependents you have the more aid for school you can qualify for. One question in particular that has resurfaced repeatedly is if I am “expecting” a child may I list the unborn child on my FAFSA?

For example, lets say you were currently a family of three (mother, father, and child), and a second child was on the way. Are you allowed to list that expecting child on your FAFSA making you a family of four?  The answer is yes, provided the unborn child is born before the end of the award year (June 30) and that the mother will be providing more than half support for the child.

It is important to note that if for some terrible reason the expecting mother was to lose her baby, either before or after birth, the child must be removed from the household size.

Below is an excerpt from the FSA Handbook which covers dependent status…

- “The student’s children, regardless of where they live, if they will
receive more than half of their support from the student from
July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. This includes the student’s
unborn children who will be born during the award year and
will receive more than half their support from the student from
birth to the end of the award year. Foster children do not count
in household size.”

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