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  • In keeping with the Supreme Court decision ruling Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, follow these instructions when filling out the FAFSA.
  • For all FAFSA questions related to marital status, applicants who are married or the married parents of dependent applicants must respond as married without regard to whether the marriage is between individuals of the same sex or opposite sex. This applies if the applicant and applicant’s spouse, or the applicant’s parents, were legally married in any state or jurisdiction (including a foreign country), without regard to where the couple resides or where the student will be attending college.
  • The 2014-2015 IRS Data Retrieval Tool became available on Feb. 2. However, please keep in mind that the IRS didn't begin processing most tax returns until Jan. 31 or later to accommodate the delay in processing due to the October government shutdown.

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