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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, June 13, 2013

FASFA Changes Consider Income of Same-Sex Partners

 From Erez Aloni, writing for the Huffington Post:

Under the purview of the Department of Education, the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will now include in its calculation of students' eligibility for financial aid the income of cohabiting, unmarried parents -- including same-sex spouses that are generally unrecognized by the federal government due to the Defense of Marriage Act. LGBTQ organizations have long fought for this legal change; indeed, our community has accepted it as a political victory. Gay activists and commentators argue that the new policy is more just because it reflects the real structure of families -- that it validates "LGBTQ families and experience." The Web is replete with stories of unfortunate children of same-sex couples who had to include only one parent in their applications in previous years (despite having two parents living together) and who suffered emotionally pain as a consequence (even in the face of typically larger tuition grants under the old policy).

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