What is your marital status?
This is question 16 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA?) form.
This question can’t be left blank.
Select the answer that describes your marital status as of the day you submit your FAFSA form. 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” doesn’t 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 weren’t 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’re considered married for FAFSA purposes.