What if my marital status as of today is different than the marital status reported on my 2018 tax return?

What if my marital status as of today is different than the marital status reported on my 2018 tax return?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form asks for marital status “as of today” (the day the form is filled out). Separately, it asks for income and tax return information from 2018. Your marital status might be different than it was when you filed your tax return.

If you filed a joint tax return for 2018 but you’re no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA form, you’ll need to subtract your former spouse's tax return information to correctly answer the FAFSA questions only about yourself.

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

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