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.

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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.

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.

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