Apparently I have a complicated living situation because I can’t seem to get an answer for my question. So, my biological parents were never married but both of them are on my birth certificate. However, I live with my mother full-time, she has legal custody of me, and provides over 50% of my finances. She is married to my step-father who does not have custody over me. Even though he does not have custody or legal guardianship, I live with him and he provides over 50% of my income. I have a few questions because I keep getting an error message on my FAFSA saying the marital information and tax information does not match.
- What do I put as my mother’s marital status? While she is married to my step-father, she was never married to my biological father. The marital status is between the biological parent’s but I have a Federal Aid representative tell me to put “Married or Re-Married” even though my biological parents were never married. I think it should be never married because it refers to the biological parents’ marital status, but I don’t know.
- Do I provide my step-father’s tax information? Obviously I think that I should, but when I change the marital status of my parents to “Never Married” since my biological parents were never married, there is nowhere to put my step-father’s tax information.
- Where do I provide my step-father’s tax information? I read on a different website that I should put all of his income under non-taxed income, but I want to verify before I put something weird on my FAFSA.
I honestly don’t know if my FAFSA information is being sent to school’s since even though the application is getting processed successfully it still shows an error message every time I submit it with the “Married or Re-Married” marital status. I have checked the tax information multiple times-I am on my 7th time turning the FAFSA in-and it is still saying that the marital information does not match the tax information provided. Please help~~~I am getting very frustrated as I have gotten different answers from FAFSA representatives and cannot find anything online.