What if my marital status as of today is different than the marital status reported on my 2017 tax return?

What if my marital status as of today is different than the marital status reported on my 2017 tax return?

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

  • If you filed a joint tax return for 2017 but you are no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA, you will need to subtract your former spouse's tax return information to correctly answer the FAFSA questions only about yourself.
  • If you did not file a joint tax return for 2017 but you are married when you fill out the FAFSA, you will need to add your current spouse's 2017 tax return information to correctly answer the FAFSA questions about yourself and your current spouse.

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