How do Stepparents Factor into the FAFSA? | 09.21.09

Posted in FAFSA By Kristin Morris

Stepparents may not be obligated to aid you with your studies, but that doesn’t mean their financial details are not required.

I realize that probably doesn’t sound fair to you – that someone who doesn’t contribute a single dime toward your college education is calculated into the FAFSA, but it really does make sense. His or her income and assets represent significant information about families resources as a whole.

Perhaps this stepparent helps pay the mortgage, put food on the table, or pays the electric or gas bill.  These may sound like basic necessities, which they are, but it is all part of the cumulative family picture that the Department of Education is examining when considering all applicants for federal aid.


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