What if my parent’s current spouse is different from the spouse listed on his or her 2018 tax return?

What if my parent’s current spouse is different from the spouse listed on his or her 2018 tax return?

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 may be different than it was when they filed their tax return(s).

If your parent filed a joint tax return for 2018 but he or she is married to a different person when you fill out the FAFSA form, you’ll need to subtract the tax return information for your parent's former spouse, and then add the 2018 tax return information for your parent's current spouse to correctly answer the FAFSA questions about your parent and his or her current spouse.

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