FAFSA, Financial Aid and recently remarried mother...
I am now a Junior in college and up until this point my mother and I have been the only incomes recorded on my FAFSA. We are a middle class family and receive just enough help to get myself through college. My mother doesn't pay for any of my college - it is completely my responsibility.
This year my mom is getting married and I am afraid that my stepdads income will affect my financial aid. My guess would be that my mom makes 40,000 and he makes 30,000 a year. ALTHOUGH, my mom has two kids in college claimed as dependent and he has one kid in college claimed as dependent.. Which may ease the situation.
But, my question is, because he doesn't help pay for my college is there any way around this situation?
Can my mom file her tax return individually (married filing separately)? Are we still required to put his income on there?
Has anyone gone through this situation?? I am hoping that I will be able to talk to my financial aid office and make them aware of this situation, I cannot afford to loose any of my financial aid.. Or, is this out of their hands?
I need all the input I can get! Thanks!