The Department of Education announced yesterday that the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) will begin collecting financial information from both parents in same sex families for consideration of eligibility for financial aid.
The 2014-2015 application will require financial information from both parents of students, provided they live together. This will apply to unmarried heterosexual parents living in the same home and same sex couples. The new forms will also refer to the parents as "Parent 1" and "Parent 2," rather than using the gender specific terms "mother" and "father."
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated in a conference call with reporters, including the Chronicle of Higher Education that it is, "[M]ore accurate, more inclusive, more fair, and better reflects the reality of young people's financial circumstances."