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Filing FAFSA® as Head of Household: Qualifications and Errors

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Qualifying as head of household for FAFSA® is determined by IRS federal income tax filing status and your parents marital status. Incorrectly filing as head of household is a common error. Other errors include incorrectly accounting for stepparents and stepchildren or explaining special circumstances to the financial aid office.

What is the FAFSA®?

FAFSA® is the key to obtaining student aid. It’s imperative you fill out the form correctly and on time; otherwise, you may be missing out on important financial aid. While it seems straightforward, FAFSA® forms can be confusing. The New York Times estimates that