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A man and his two children reside in the same house as a woman and her three children. He has filled out an application for his children but does not qualify. She has filled out an application for her three children and qualifies as reduced.

Answer: 

The adults in this situation should be contacted to confirm the information provided. They may be two adults sharing a house as roommates, in which case they would be two economic units. An economic unit is a group of related or unrelated people who share housing and/or all significant income and expenses of its members. Generally, individuals residing in the same house are one economic unit. Separate economic units in the same house are characterized by prorating expenses and economic independence from one another. If they consider themselves one household, they should complete one application reporting all the income and all the household members.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 25, 2014 at 4:14am.