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  • Be 24 years of age or older by December 31 of the award year
  • Be an orphan (both parents deceased), ward of the court, in foster care or was a ward of the court when 13 years or older
  • Be a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States or serving on active duty for other than training purposes
  • Be a graduate or professional student
  • Be a married individual
  • Have legal dependents other than a spouse
  • Be an emancipated minor or in legal guardianship
  • Be a homeless youth
  • Be a student for whom a financial aid administrator makes a documented determination of independence by reason of other unusual circumstances.

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