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Marriage and Federal Aid

You have the option to update your marital status on your original FAFSA if your marital status changes on or before June 30th of the academic year in which you are wanting aid.

In order to be eligible to update your marital status you must:

  • be currently enrolled or have enrollment in a future semester/term in the academic year (fall-summer)
  • be married and update/submit your FAFSA before the FAFSA deadline of June 30th

Note: If you submitted a FAFSA as a dependent, got married before June 30th and are enrolled in Summer term, you can still update your FAFSA with your marital status. Your FAFSA must be updated before the end of your Summer term enrollment.

Any additional Pell Grant you may become eligible for will be awarded retroactively. If you are married after June 30th and are attending the upcoming school year, you can update your marital status on that year’s FAFSA.

We strongly advise you to consider your options carefully before filing your FAFSA or making any changes.

Things to Consider

  1. If you are already considered Independent on the FAFSA and are receiving the maximum Pell award, there is no advantage to updating your marital status. Check MyAid Dashboard for your Pell award and breakdown.
  2. Independent students do not report parental income on the FAFSA, therefore, independent students frequently, but not always appear to have more financial need.
  3. Use the FAFSA 4Caster to help determine whether to apply before or after your wedding. Supply the data first as if you are single, then as if you are married, and compare the estimated eligibility. Remember, the results are simply estimates.