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