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Since your cousin was not born before January 1, 1992 then a court determination will be required to avoid utilizing his parents' financial information. See general checklist below:
If you can answer Yes to any of the following questions, you are considered an independent student on the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and you generally will not need to provide your parents’ information.(Note: Health profession students may be required to provide parental information regardless of their dependency status.)
However, if you can answer No to all of the following questions, you are considered a dependent student and generally your parents must provide parental information on your FAFSA:
In Florida, emancipation automatically occurs when a minor reaches 18 years of age or when they marry. However, a minor cannot get married without parental consent. So, it appears that he would only need to prove his Florida residency as he is already emancipated.