So Cricket is supposed to "notify" the university so he can have his aid package lowered?
- If that's the school's policy, what else would you suggest? Keeping the money and not saying anything? Okay, but then what do you declare on your taxes for this year? If you declare the $1,000, then the school finds out that you received it and didn't notify them. That kind of dishonesty could, at the least, cost you future financial aid and, at worst, get you expelled. So, do you then lie on your taxes also?
In the end, it seems simpler just to do the right thing in the first place.