What was your legal parents’ (biological and/or adoptive) marital status on the day you submitted your FAFSA?

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This is question 59 on the paper FAFSA.

This question cannot be left blank.

Select the answer that describes your parents’ marital status as of the day you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“Parent” refers to a biological or adoptive parent or a person determined by the state to be a parent (for example, if the parent is listed on the birth certificate). If one of your parents is widowed or divorced and has remarried, answer the questions about that parent and your stepparent. Grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, older brothers or sisters, widowed stepparents, and aunts and uncles are not considered parents unless they have legally adopted you.

“Married or Remarried” does not include parents who are living together who are not otherwise legally married unless your parents’ state of legal residence recognizes their relationship as a common law marriage. Additionally, if one of your parents is widowed or divorced and has remarried, choose “Married or Remarried” and answer the questions about that parent and your stepparent.

“Separated,” for FAFSA purposes, includes a married couple who is considered legally separated by a state, or if the couple is legally married but has chosen to live separate lives, including living in separate households, as though they were not married. If your parents are separated but living together, select “Married or Remarried,” not “Divorced or Separated.”

Note: When two married persons live as a married couple but are separated by physical distance (or have separate households), they are considered married for FAFSA purposes.

“Unmarried and both parents living together” means that both of your legal parents (biological and/or adoptive) are not married to each other but live in the same household. If your legal parents are divorced but living together, select “Unmarried and both parents living together.”

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