Department of Education will acknowledge same-sex parents

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Monday 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 together. “All students should be able to apply for federal student aid within a system that incorporates their unique family dynamics,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. 

The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or 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 form will also use terms like “Parent 1 (father/mother/stepparent)” and “Parent 2 (father/mother/stepparent)” instead of gender-specific terms like “mother” and “father.”

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