Updating a fafsa

Information about a dependent student's parents' marital status, however, may not be updated if that marital status changes after the initial FAFSA submission.

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Therefore, a student who does not meet any of the other standards for independent student status will be considered to be an independent student for purposes of FAFSA completion and EFC calculation if the student is legally married, without regard to whether the student is in a same-sex or opposite-sex marriage.For a dependent student, the parental information required to be reported on the FAFSA, and which will be used in the EFC calculation, will be that of both of the student's parents, again without regard to whether the parents are in a same-sex or opposite-sex marriage.Responses to other questions on the FAFSA must also be consistent with the information provided in this letter.For example, a student who is legally married to a person of the same sex must report that person's income, assets, and other information, just as is required for a student who is married to a person of the opposite sex. 2675 (2013), on federal student aid and especially on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Department is applying a “place of celebration” rule and, accordingly, has determined that any legal marriage that is recognized by the jurisdiction in which the marriage was celebrated will be recognized for Title IV HEA program purposes without regard to whether the marriage is between persons of the same sex or opposite sex, and without regard to where the couple resides.

This same request process will continue to apply to marital status changes requested by students.

If the change is requested because the student's marital status changed after the initial FAFSA submission, institutional discretion would apply as it typically does under current policies for marital status changes applicable to opposite-sex couples.

Department of Education (Department) is providing guidance on the impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision on same-sex marriages, , 570 U. Section 3 of DOMA prohibited all federal agencies from recognizing same-sex marriages for purposes of federal programs, including the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA (Title IV HEA programs).

Until this ruling, the Department had interpreted all provisions of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), affecting FAFSA consistent with Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

We have carefully considered the Court's ruling as it relates to 2013-2014 FAFSA correcting and updating policies.