Dear Education Partners,
Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that beginning with the 2014-2015
federal student aid form, the Department will – for the first time – collect
income and other information from a dependent student’s legal parents
regardless of the parents’ marital status or gender, if those parents live
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will provide a new option for
dependent applicants to describe their parents’ marital status as “unmarried
and both parents living together.” Additionally, where appropriate, the
new FAFSA will use terms like “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” instead of
gender-specific terms such as “mother” and “father.”
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, “All students should be able to apply for federal
student aid within a system that incorporates their unique family dynamics.
These changes will allow us to more precisely calculate federal student aid
eligibility based on what a student’s whole family is able to contribute and
ensure taxpayer dollars are better targeted toward those students who have the
most need, as well as provide an inclusive form that reflects the diversity of
You can read our press release below and here.
We ask for your assistance in sharing this information with your members,
affiliates and networks.
Robert Gomez | Higher Education and Youth Liaison
Office of Communications and Outreach | United States Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW | Washington, D.C. 20202