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FAFSA. Which parent?

marllssssmarllssss 4 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
Hi! My parents split when I was a baby, never married, but they are married to other people now. They live in different counties and have 50/50 custody. I live with my mom, but my dad has equal claim/rights. I've always been told that I need to put my household for FAFSA, but I was recently told differently. I know that it does not matter which parent claims me on tax returns, but can I put either parent?
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22975 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The parent with whom you lived the most in the last 365 days before you file. Sounds like it is your mother and stepfather.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids 84095 replies1025 threadsForum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Forum Champion
    You live with your mom, so you must put your mom and stepdad’s income. Besides, don’t you attend high school in the country where your mom lives?
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  • marllssssmarllssss 4 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    edited September 17
    @twoinanddone Thank you for your help!
    edited September 17
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  • marllssssmarllssss 4 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @mom2collegekids county, not country, but yes. that's what I told my counselor, but she was trying to say that it didn't matter. Thank you!
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  • thumper1thumper1 74793 replies3278 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    For FAFSA, you will put your mom and her spouse on your FAFSA form, plus any spousal or child support you receive from your other parent.

    The parent you live with the majority of the time for the year prior to the date you file your FAFSA is the parent (and spouse) that you use.

    If you end up applying to schools that use the CSS Profile, your mom will complete the Profile, and your other parent will complete the non-custodial parent Profile if required.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids 84095 replies1025 threadsForum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Forum Champion
    marllssss wrote: »
    @mom2collegekids county, not country, but yes. that's what I told my counselor, but she was trying to say that it didn't matter. Thank you!


    Sorry for misreading counties/countries.

    Your GC is wrong. It does matter. Sad that she’s misleading students.
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