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Financial Aid

Married Students

Your FAFSA application is a ‘snapshot’ in time and it must be accurate on the day you apply. This is significant if you are a dependent student and plan to be married. You are still considered dependent unless you wait until after the marriage to apply.

CWU may exercise professional judgment to update your marital status if it is deemed necessary to address an inequity or to more accurately reflect your ability to pay.  Per CWU policy, the date of the marriage must be on/before December 31st of the current academic year.  Decisions to update marital status are made on a case-by-case basis and based on the documentation you provide. 

Please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss your specific situation with a counselor and learn more about the process for updating marital status.