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FAFSA Parent

Dependent students must include parent information when completing the FAFSA. The following information should help students determine which individual(s) should be considered a "FAFSA parent". Dependent students must include information about all individuals identified as a FAFSA parent, regardless of financial support.

If your parents are living and married to each other, then both parents are considered FAFSA parents.
If your parent is widowed or single, that parent is your FAFSA parent.
If your parents are divorced or separated, the parent with whom you lived more during the past 12 months is your FAFSA parent. If you did not live with one parent more than the other, the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months, or during the most recent year that you actually received support, is the FAFSA parent.
In all situations, if the FAFSA parent is married, then the spouse (i.e. stepparent) is also considered the FAFSA parent, regardless of financial support.