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Whose Income Do I Report On My FAFSA?

Last updated September 27, 2023

Whose Income Do I Report On My FAFSA?

It can be tricky to figure out which parent is the right parent to report on your FAFSA Application. Have no fear, we have all the answers you need!

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Which parent’s income do I use on my FAFSA?

There are a few key questions that help you determine which parent’s income(s) you will have to report on your FAFSA.

  • Are your parents married to each other?
    • If yes, you need to report both parents’ incomes.
    • If not, go to the next question!
  • If your parents are not married, do they live together?
    • If yes, you need to report both parent’s incomes.
    • If not, go to the next question!
  • If your parents are not married and do not live together, which parent provided more financial support?
    • You want to report the parent who provided more support.
    • If they are re-married, you will also have to include the income of your stepparent.
    • If they are not re-married, you will just report the income of the parent who provided the most financial support.
    • If your parents are separated and they both provided equal financial support, report the income of the parent who earns more a year.

This can obviously get confusing! Be sure to talk with your parent(s) and stepparent(s) as you go through this process!

Have questions about the FAFSA?

Remember, if you are not in a position to complete the FAFSA due to immigration/citizenship status, a situation with your family, or anything else, you still can receive financial aid. The FAFSA is not the end-all-be-all of paying for college. Other financial aid options exist, sometimes through your state or by applying to scholarships.

Need more help with your FAFSA?

Text #FAFSA to 33-55-77 and we'll walk you through every step of filing your FAFSA. 

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