What if my parent's current spouse is different from the spouse listed on his/her 2016 tax return?


The FAFSA asks for your parents' marital status as of the day you fill it out, but it asks for your parents' income and tax return information from 2016. Therefore, your parents' marital status may be different than it was when they filed their tax return(s).

If your parent filed a joint tax return for 2016 but he/she is married to a different person when you fill out the FAFSA, you will need to subtract the tax return information for your parent's former spouse, and then add the 2016 tax return information for your parent's current spouse to correctly answer the FAFSA questions about your parent and his/her current spouse.

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