Filling Out the FAFSA: My Parents are Married

If your parents are married, you should submit financial information for both of them to the FAFSA.

Anna HelhoskiAugust 5, 2020
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If your parents are married, you should submit financial information for both of them to the FAFSA. If your parents refuse to pay for college or submit information for the FAFSA, you can’t be considered independent of your parents, and you still have to submit their information. There are very few situations in which you can get a dependency override, such as situations of abuse, neglect, incarceration or unknown whereabouts.

» MORE: FAFSA checklist

Steps for filling out the FAFSA for students with married parents

  1. In Step 4 (Parent), state that your parents' marital status is "married."

  2. Fill out the FAFSA with both parents’ income and assets.

Advice from University Financial Aid Officers

Although some schools don't like to say "contact the financial aid office for more info" (because of the volume of questions) I feel that this is the only real way to judge a single student's situation and give advice accordingly. For this reason, I would just tell a student to submit their application as best they can and contact their school's office. A lot of students think that not fully completing the FAFSA is the same as not turning it in, but it's not! It's best to submit it, even if some questions were skipped or financial figures were estimated.

— Marco Siliezar, Financial Aid Analyst at California State University's California Maritime Academy

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