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Guide to Completing the FAFSA for LGBT Families

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Reporting Same-sex Marriage on the FAFSA

Does the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) consider a same-sex marriage to be a marriage?

Yes, if the couple is legally married. Consistent with the Supreme Court decision holding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, same-sex couples (both the student and the student’s parents) must report their marital status as married if they were legally married in a state or other jurisdiction (foreign country), without regard to where the couple resides or where the student will be attending school.

If a student's parents are of the same sex, what is the response in the parent section of the FAFSA?

Regardless of whether a student's married parents are of the same sex or opposite sex, both parents should provide separate information on the FAFSA.

Resources from Student Federal Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education

Find out more here about Parent Status and review the FAFSA Fact Sheet on Reporting Same Sex Marriage.

 

 
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