What is your marital status?
This is question 16 on the paper FAFSA.
This question cannot be left blank.
Select the answer that describes your marital status as of the day you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If your marital status has changed or will change since the time the application was initially submitted, check with your college’s financial aid office.
"Married or remarried" does not mean living together unless your state of legal residence recognizes the relationship as a common law marriage.
For FAFSA purposes, a married couple is separated if the couple is considered legally separated by a state, or if the couple is legally married but has chosen to live separate lives, including living in separate households, as though they were not married. If you and your spouse are separated but living together, select "I am married / remarried," not "I am separated."
Note: When two married persons live as a married couple but are separated by physical distance (or have separate households), they are considered married for FAFSA purposes.