We're in the early days of researching colleges, but I'm struggling to understand under what conditions colleges accept non-custodial parent waivers. While the father was paying court-ordered child support (deducted from check) he has stopped making all payments. He has not seen or spoken to either child in 9 years except four or five years ago for one lunch.
I had assumed this given the lack of contact and support, we would qualify for a waiver. However, I've since read that if he ever had ANY contact or provided any support, schools may not grant this.
I do not know where he is or if he's even working. He has had legal and tax issues and likely doesn't make enough to impact aid. If we cannot locate him or if he's unwilling to complete the form, can schools impute/estimate income?
Any insights would be appreciated.