Month and year you were married, separated, divorced, or widowed

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This is question 17 on the paper FAFSA.

This question cannot be left blank unless you are single.

If you are legally married on the day you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), enter the date you married or remarried. “Married” does not mean living together unless your state of legal residence recognizes the relationship as a common law marriage.

If you are separated on the day you submit your FAFSA, enter the date you became separated.

If you are divorced on the day you submit your FAFSA, enter the date you separated or divorced, whichever is earlier.

If you are widowed on the day you submit your FAFSA, enter the date you became widowed.

Enter two numbers for the month and four numbers for the year. Do not include a slash (/). If the month is less than 10, enter a zero in front of the number. For example, if you were married in August 1989, enter 081989.

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