I am getting ready to fill out my first fafsa and css profile for my d19 and have a few general questions on how to handle special situations.
The first concerns parent status. I have a filled out a few practice css forms and some don't have option for only one ever legal parent. My daughter was abandoned at birth, no known parents. I adopted my daughter as a legal single individual. I am not widowed and I am not two parents not living together but those are the closest options. Does anyone know what of those two options I check? Should I upload the birth certificate with this information in advance or wait for request?
My other question is I retired in the middle of 2017. My pension is 90% of what my salary was. I also received a large sum in unused vacation pay that logged in as income. The annual pay is a difference in $22,000. Do I send a letter to every school my daughter is applying to when she submits her application or do I wait to see if she is admitted? Or should I wait for my daughter to be admitted and have a letter ready to go?
Any experience or insight is appreciated!