What if divorced or separated parents live together?
If divorced parents are living together, indicate their marital status as “unmarried and both legal parents living together” not “divorced or separated,” according to FAFSA requirements. Answer questions about both of them.
If your separated parents live together, indicate their marital status as “Married or remarried” not “divorced or separated,” and answer questions about both of them, studentaid.gov says.
One caveat: Consider writing the financial aid office at schools under consideration to explain what’s going on in the family. That might allow the financial aid officer to make a professional judgment that could boost the financial aid package.
What happens in the case of a stepparent?
If you have a stepparent who is married to the legal parent whose information you’re reporting, you must provide information about that stepparent as well, according to the FAFSA.
What happens in the case of a same-sex marriage?
Same-sex couples must report their marital status as married, if they were legally married. This is regardless of where the parents live, or where the student will be attending school, studentaid.gov notes.
What if parents are concerned about their citizenship status?