What if you get married but not in the tax year required for FAFSA®?

What if you get married but not in the tax year required by FAFSA®? The answer to that is pretty simple. When filling out your FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you’re asked for you or your parent’s marital status — it is the status as of the day you fill out your FAFSA® application.

What if I’m (or my parents are) married but wasn’t when I filed my tax returns? 

The FAFSA® requires that you provide the marital status “as of today” so that they know your status going into the new school year. While this might not match the tax or income status that is on your tax return, it doesn’t matter. You still need to report your marital status as of the day you filled out the FAFSA® form. 

What if I’m (or my parents are) no longer married but I filed my tax return jointly?

If you or your parents are no longer married but were when the tax return was filed, you’ll need to subtract the spouse’s income as you fill out the FAFSA® application. Only answer questions about yourself or your parent and don’t include anything pertaining to the spouse.

What if I’m (or my parents are) married but didn’t file my tax returns jointly? 

Unfortunately, you’ll still need to provide the spouse’s income information on your FAFSA® application. Add their income to your form as you’re filling it out to ensure that FAFSA® has all the correct information to process your form. 

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