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What is a “dislocated worker” on the FAFSA®?

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If you or your parent have lost their job through no fault of their own, they may qualify as a dislocated worker.

Things like being laid-off or quitting a job when the military moves your spouse are both legitimate reasons you or your parent might qualify as a dislocated worker.

What if I quit my job?

If you left your position voluntarily, you will not qualify as a displaced worker. Even if you are collecting unemployment benefits.

If, on the other hand, you quit a job to move with a military spouse, you will still qualify as a dislocated worker.

What paperwork is required?

The college you apply to may ask for documentation supporting a dislocated worker status. You can prove your status by submitting unemployment forms, layoff notices, or military orders. Your school’s financial aid office will contact you if they require documentation and let you know what they are looking for.

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