Completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be complicated enough, but when you add divorced parents, stepparents, separations and other complicated parental issues to the equation, the confusion is amplified significantly. Add to that the stress of finding tax documents under a tight timeline and you may find your head spinning.
Fortunately, we've handled the difficult part of interpreting the FAFSA completion rules and boiled that information down to five tips that can help you ascertain the answers to your most pressing FAFSA completion questions. If your parents are no longer together, read on to find out exactly how you should fill out your FAFSA form. And — just a tip — if your parents are separated but still live together, skip straight to number five.