What if my parents' marital status as of today is different than the marital status reported on their 2017 tax return(s)?

What if my parents' marital status as of today is different than the marital status reported on their 2017 tax return(s)?

The FAFSA asks for your parents' marital status as of the day you fill it out, but it asks for your parents' income and tax return information from 2017. Therefore, your parents' marital status may be different than it was when they filed their tax return(s).

  • If your parents filed a joint tax return for 2017 but they are no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA, you will need to subtract the tax return information for your parent's former spouse to correctly answer the FAFSA questions only about the parent whose information you are providing on the FAFSA.
  • If your parent did not file a joint tax return for 2017 but is married when you fill out the FAFSA, you will need to add the 2017 tax return information for your parent's current spouse to correctly answer the FAFSA questions about the parent whose information you are providing on the FAFSA and his/her current spouse.

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