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My family situation is like this: My father is deceased, and my mom remarried a few years ago. My mom makes very little money (less than $600/month), while my stepfather is fairly well-off (making 100k/year, if I remember correctly).
My mom wishes to fill out the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE without including my stepfather's information so that I'll be eligible for more financial aid. Her argument is that my stepfather isn't going to contribute to my college education; however, I know that's irrelevant and that his income still needs to be reported.
I'm not sure what to do. I've tried to convince her not to, and tried to tell her that it's fraud, but she's still convinced that she's going to do it. What could happen to me (and her) if she fills it out incorrectly? Is there any compelling argument I could use to deter her from going through with this?