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59. As of today, what is the marital status of your legal parents?
  • Never married
  • Unmarried and both parents living together
  • Married or remarried
  • Divorced or separated
  • Widowed

60. Month and year they were married, remarried, separated, divorced or widowed.
  • Month __ __
  • Year __ __ __ __

Why are they asking this information?

This question asks about your biological parents’ marital status in order to determine whose information is to be reported in future questions in the application.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

  • If you have a legal guardian, you are not obligated to report their financial information in "Parent" section, but you will want to report any financial support provided to you in the "Student Untaxed Income" section of the FAFSA.
  • As a point of clarification, if one of your biological parents is divorced from the other, you will only need to report the financial information of the parent who has legal custody of you.

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