What if I have a non-traditional family situation?
File your FAFSA as best as you can, using estimates and what paperwork you have available. If you have a situation where you just can't get hold of certain paperwork, such as parental income, see your school's financial aid office and ask them to assist you. They may be able to provide additional advice and solutions that are specific to your personal situation.
Ordinarily, we counsel people to file your FAFSA on the web. This is one of those rare instances where filing a paper FAFSA may be helpful, since you'll be able to more easily take a paper form with you to a financial aid counselor for help.
FAFSAOnline's Free FAFSA Book will help you navigate some of the trickiest questions on the FAFSA Form.
More FAFSA Questions and Answers:
- What are the FAFSA deadlines?
- Who is a dependent student?
- What's my FAFSA status?
- What is a dislocated worker?
- What if my parents do not want to submit their information for the FAFSA?
- I filled out my FAFSA but was not eligible, what do I do now?
- What is the purpose of a FAFSA Renewal form?
- What if I have a non-traditional family situation?
- What's my FAFSA PIN?
- Do I have to fill out the FAFSA every school year?
- How do you go about filling out the FAFSA if I am divorced and remarried? Does my ex fill one out as well? Do we list our current spouses?
- In order to get a Stafford loan or a Parent Plus loan, do I need to fill out a FAFSA?
- How do 529 plans affect financial aid?
- Can you mail me a FAFSA?
- Can you mail me a renewal FAFSA?
- How long is the FAFSA process?
- What are the final steps of the FAFSA?
- How long does it take for my school to receive the FAFSA?
- What's the difference between a FAFSA and a renewal FAFSA?
- What's the difference between a paper FAFSA and a FAFSA on the Web?
- Where should I mail my completed FAFSA paper application?
- What's the difference between a FAFSA application and a FASFA application?