I recently received the documents from my school regarding verification for my FAFSA information. Not freaking out or anything, just not sure how to proceed.
This past December I got married to my (now) wife in a small ceremony. The gentleman who officiated was a good friend but is not ordained. This ceremony was more for us and our family, with intentions to get married by a judge this summer. We live in Texas so I know common law marriage applies.
Last year I filed taxes as single because we aren't legally married and I was actually mistaken believing that being married so late in the year didn't effect our filing status. I imported my info into FAFSA and so of course according to FAFSA I'm single.
So my question is... what do I fall under? We were married by someone not ordained, we don't have a marriage certificate and Texas requires you to declare common law at the courthouse (which we haven't done). I'm 28 and she is 23. I'm going to meet with my school's FA office this week. I don't want to change my FAFSA suddenly to married AFTER I'm selected for verification because I don't want to look guilty. But I don't want to get in trouble on down the line either. Any advice?