Same-sex couples to be recognized on their kids' FAFSA forms
The Department of Education has announced it will recognize married same-sex couples on FAFSA forms for college financial aid.
Following the precedent set by DOMA’s partial repeal, the Department of Ed. will calculate a family’s expected contribution to higher education by looking at same-sex parents as one entity, rather than asking kids to only list one parent on their forms.
In the past, such a dynamic meant that some students with same-sex parents were able to get more financial aid, since they could only list one parent, thereby making it appear they had access to fewer financial resources. Thus the new arrangement could mean same-sex couples, presumably with more pooled assets, will now have to shoulder a bigger share of their child’s secondary education. This situation is similar to what arises for same-sex couples that file taxes as married partners rather than cohabitating individuals.
Regardless, the changes amount to recognition of same-sex marriages at the federal level.
FAFSA is reportedly also changing its terminology from “mother” and “father” to “parent 1” and “parent 2.” I like where this is going.