What if my parents’ marital status as of today is different than the marital status reported on their 2018 tax return(s)?

What if my parents’ marital status as of today is different than the marital status reported on their 2018 tax return(s)?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form asks for your parents' marital status as of the day you fill it out, but it also asks for your parents' income and tax return information from 2018. Therefore, your parents' marital status might be different than it was when they filed their tax return(s).

If your parents filed a joint tax return for 2018 but they are no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA form, you’ll 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’re providing on the FAFSA form.

If your parent didn’t file a joint tax return for 2018 but is married when you fill out the FAFSA form, you’ll need to add the 2018 tax return information for your parent's current spouse to correctly answer the FAFSA questions about the parent whose information you’re providing on the FAFSA form and his or her current spouse.

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