For 2014-2015: The FAFSA will include two new tax return filing status questons for students and parents. This change will identify instances where the reported parent or student marital status is inconsistent with the IRS tax return filing status, ensuring the consistency and accuracy of financial information used to calculate the applicant's Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
For 2014-2015: The FAFSA will collect information from both of the dependent student's legal (biological and/or adoptive) parents if the parents live together, regardless of the marital status or gender of the parents. The FAFSA will now use the term "parent" instead of "mother" or "father." The goal of providing information on the FAFSA is to determine the family's financial strength. Therefore, if both legal parents live in the household (whether they are married or not), the FAFSA wants to know about both of them in order to get the full financial picture.
For 2014-2015: Consistent with the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, the 2014-15 FAFSA will include guidance explaining that the marriage includes both legal marriages of persons of the opposite sex and legal marriages of persons of the same sex in jurisdictions where this is allowed.
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