Office of Financial Aid

University of Mississippi

Orphan, Ward of the Court, or Foster Care

When you filed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you reported that you were or are an orphan, a ward of the court, or in foster care. Before we can determine your eligibility for financial aid, you must document your orphan/ward of the court/foster care status.

You are considered an orphan if both of your biological or adoptive parents are deceased. If you meet this definition of an orphan and had no living parent (biological or adoptive) at any time since you turned 13, provide to our office a copy of the death certificate for both of your parents.

If you were a ward of the court any time since you turned age 13, you must provide our office with a copy of the relevant court decree.

If you were in foster care any time since you turned age 13, you must provide our office with a copy of the relevant court decree.

Documentation of your orphan/ward of the court/foster care status must be provided before we can continue processing your application for financial assistance.

Download the Orphan/Ward of the Court/Foster Care worksheet. Attach appropriate documentation along with the completed worksheet and submit it to The University of Mississippi Office of Financial Aid (address, fax, and email contact information noted on form).

Please select the academic year you would like to submit the Orphan/Ward of the Court/Foster Care worksheet: