Step Parents and the FAFSA | 06.05.09

Posted in FAFSA By Student Loan Network Staff

Just a quick note about this sticky topic. Why does it ask for your step parents info on the FAFSA even though your step parent may not support you financially in any way? Well the bottom line is this…the Dept of Education doesn’t pay any attention to whether your step parent contributes financially to you and your education but if your mom or dad remarries, that person’s income is considered part of your household and therefore must be reported on the FAFSA…there is no way around this. In a lot of instances this will make some student’s ineligible for grants because their household income is too high. It doesn’t seem fair but that is just the way it is. An alternative is waiting until you are 24 to go to school, then you would be completely independent!

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