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Princeton NPC clearly states divorced parent implications

ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 64,236 Senior Member
https://swebapps.princeton.edu/FinAid/finaid_form.pl

The way Princeton's NPC explains how to handle divorced parents is pretty clear and makes it less likely that applicants will make the mistake of assuming that only the custodial parent matters in a divorced parent situation.

Seems like other colleges that use both divorced parents' information ought to look at this example.

(Note: Princeton may differ from other colleges in its policy if the custodial parent is remarried.)

Replies to: Princeton NPC clearly states divorced parent implications

  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 Registered User Posts: 10,507 Senior Member
    That is AMAZING. I just filled it out a couple of different ways and it was really helpful. I love how they break out which parent is to pay what, and the student part, also.

    Great find, @ucbalumnus . Hopefully more schools will come up with one like this. Long overdue.
  • picknroll222picknroll222 Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
    Completely agreed. This is a welcome change from the normal schools who make little mention of how to handle divorced situations. Especially given that Princeton doesn't consider a non-custodial stepparent if both biological parents are considered, Princeton seems a great financial choice for divorced families.
  • moscottmoscott Registered User Posts: 867 Member
    Princeton's NPC has been by far the easiest and most helpful. Others are waay too complicated.
  • elena13elena13 Registered User Posts: 225 Junior Member
    @OHMomof2 - I know this is supposed to be easy but what am I missing? My ex and I have each been remarried for a while. On the very first page of this worksheet, it says to check the Married or Remarried box if "your parents live in the same household regardless of their marital status". (that is not the case for us)
    For the Separated or Divorced section it says "This describes a situation where your natural parents have separated or divorced and your custodial parent has not remarried." (this is also not the case)
    So, if I check the Married or Remarried box, are they calculating aid based on my income and the income of my current husband rather than my son's dad?
  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 Registered User Posts: 10,507 Senior Member
    @elena13 - I'd reach out to Princeton and ask which way you need to fill it out. I am not sure whether or how they calculate need with step parents in the picture.
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