Becoming a Wily Scholar

Students may apply to be a Wily Scholar by filling out a brief application form and working with the Wily Network to establish that they are attending college without a permanent family and/or home. Students must be accepted to the college of their choice independent of the Wily Network. Students will be supported by the Wily Network at schools where there is a formal relationship established. Wily Scholars must adhere to the criteria detailed in the Wily Network Agreement.

Students who apply to a participating school should fill out the FAFSA form and pay particular attention to questions 53-58 (see sample below).  This will help us to determine if you are eligible to become a Wily Scholar.

  1. At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court?

The answer to this question may be pre-filled based on your answer to the foster care question earlier in the application. Select “Yes” if you had no living parent at any time since you turned age 13, even if you are now adopted. Select “Yes” if you were in foster care at any time since you turned age 13, even if you are no longer in foster care as of today. Select “Yes” if you were a dependent or ward of the court at any time since you turned age 13, even if you are no longer a dependent/ward of the court as of today.

Tip: For federal student aid purposes, someone who is incarcerated is not considered a ward of the court.

Tip: The financial aid administrator at your college may require you to provide proof that you were in foster care or a dependent/ward of the court.

  1. Are you or were you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  1. Are you or were you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?

The answer to this question may be pre-filled based on your answer to the foster care question earlier in the application. Select “Yes” if you had no living parent (biological or adoptive) at any time since you turned age 13, even if you are now adopted. Select “Yes” if you were in foster care at any time since you turned age 13, even if you are no longer in foster care as of today. Select “Yes” if you were a dependent or ward of the court at any time since you turned age 13, even if you are no longer a dependent/ward of the court as of today.

Tip: The definition of legal guardianship does not include your parents, even if they were appointed by a court to be your guardian. You are also not considered a legal guardian of yourself.

Tip: If you answered “yes” to either of these questions (54–55) the financial aid administrator at your college may require you to provide proof for that answer.

 

  1. At any time on or after July 1, 2014, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
  1. At any time on or after July 1, 2014, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
  2. At any time on or after July 1, 2014, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or was self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

     

Questions taken from the Guide to completing the FAFSA form 2015-2016.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/2015-16-completing-fafsa.pdf