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in opening post
Someone I work with and who makes the same as I do comes out with a $0 EFC because his wife doesn’t work. Their decision on ED is much, much easier because of this, according to them (and I have to agree!). Our household has both parents working and making equivalent amounts (so we basically earn 2x their family). I confess it frustrates me that a family with 2 kids ages 13+ and an able bodied potential wage earner with a masters degree gets assessed at the single income of the father (she is vocal about choosing to be a “stay at home mom”). I should add that this other family is only applying to schools that commit to meeting 100% demonstrated need.
in Post # 13
Well, that makes me feel better. The way the guy talked about it made me feel like he was gaming the system. By his logic, I should take a few years off work b/c nearly my entire paycheck will go towards tuition! Reminded me of that choice many of us make regarding day care when our kids are little. Do we work and pay for day care and "take home" very little $ or do we just stay home with our kids until they are school age? It's a hard choice for many of us.