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College Guidance Q & A

Larry receives numerous questions regarding college admissions from applicants and their families. Each week he will pick one question and share his response. This week's question is about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Q: Does it matter which parent I use for FAFSA?

A: If your parents are married it makes no difference which one you use.

If you parents are divorced you should use the Custodial Parent, which FAFSA defines as the parent with whom you reside for more than 50% of the days of the year.

Incidentally, which parent lists you as a dependent on their tax return is not the relevant measure.

If you have questions pertaining to college admissions or would like to learn more about our program, please contact Larry Blumenstyk at

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