Most tips and discussions in regards to college financial aid filing season are meant for the traditional student: age 23 and younger who will attend full-time, whose permanent address remains with their parents, and who is likely to receive at least some financial support from that direction.

But as various studies have shown in recent years, it’s fair to say most students today don’t fit that pattern. The non-traditional demographic includes part-time students who are also working, older adults, young adults who are married or have children, military veterans, and wards of the court.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has created some tip sheets that will help students in “unique circumstances” understand how the questions and requested data on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid applies to their situation.

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