FAFSA form asks college students new questions about unmarried, gay parents

Friday, January 17, 2014

College students filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid — or FAFSA — will find a series of new questions about their parents' marital status this year, according to Sallie Mae, the nation's largest company handling student debt.

Most students must fill out the notoriously-complex FAFSA each winter to determine if they are eligible for federal student aid, state funding and other scholarship and grant programs. The form includes questions about family income, assets and family size.

The new form, released Jan. 1, includes new questions about the gender and marital status of a student's legal parents, providing options for the children of unmarried or same-sex couples.

For the first time, college students also have the option of declaring their parents are “unmarried and both parents living together,” Sallie Mae officials said.

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