NASFAA Submits Comments on Second Draft of 2014-15 Paper FAFSA

Karen McCarthy, NASFAA Policy Staff 

In written comments submitted to ED the week before last on the draft 2014-15 paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), NASFAA thanks the Department of Education (ED) for releasing a second draft for public comment, but expresses concern that students and colleges are still awaiting guidance directly related to how same-sex marriages should be treated for federal student aid purposes. 

NASFAA President Justin Draeger states in the cover letter accompanying the comments, “The financial aid community has been anticipating the release of ED guidance related to the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for several months. In the absence of such guidance, it is difficult to comment meaningfully on FAFSA wording that is directly related to the DOMA court ruling.”

The second draft incorporates comments received on the first draft and modifies certain wording consistent with the DOMA court decision. NASFAA’s comments point out potential misunderstandings and ambiguities in the wording on the FAFSA questions and instructions. 

 

Publication Date: 12/3/2013


Aesha W | 12/5/2013 11:51:26 AM

Our office is confused about one of the comments.

Listed on the NASFAA comments page is a comment on page six: Step Four (Parent) instructions. Our office is confused as to why DOMA guidance is needed. As we read it, instructions that indicate a student should report stepparent income does not specify the gender of the stepparent, it simply says instructs students to do so if their parent is legally married to the stepparent. Where is the portion of this instruction that requires further DOMA guidance?

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