Financial Aid

Getting Married? Should you file FAFSA before or after?

Students are required to provide their marital status as of the date the application is signed. When a student's marital status changes, his/her dependency status remains unchanged for the rest of that award year, if they have completed their FAFSA prior to marriage. If the marital status changes after the student has signed their application, they cannot change this information for that award year.

Before you submit your FAFSA, a student needs to consider how filing single or married will impact her/his financial aid eligibility. Some students may benefit by waiting until they are married before applying for federal financial aid. This is not always the case. The EFC calculator at FAFSA4caster will assist you in comparison of before or after marriage calculations.

Facts to consider - Early and Single vs After Marriage

Early and Single
After Marriage - Can NOT Change Marriage Status After Filing FAFSA!

Note: Divorce - Students who have divorced since they completed the annual FAFSA and have been awarded may complete a Special Circumstance Form to have their financial aid reviewed.

For further assistance, call the Financial Aid Office to make an appointment with an advisor to review your specific situation.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209