What are the guidelines on non-reportable/non-taxable income (meaning it does NOT have to be included on tax-returns or reported to IRS) and FAFSA?
To clarify, for a previous year (2018/2019) I had NOT included this type of income (from my spouse) for my own FA, but this year (2019/2020) I did mistakenly include it. I then filed for a FA appeal with my school, and now the school is asking for verification for that income for the 2018/2019 years (or rather for 2016 - unclear why that year). I am aware I can go back and correct it on the current FAFSA, but I also don't want to make things worse by making it look like I'm trying to hide something... was I wrong not to include that income on the first FAFSA? Again, these are benefits that are non-taxable/non-reportable anywhere, but here's me, freaking out because I think all is lost and I'm seeing my college career going down the drain... I might go and try to talk with someone at the school tomorrow that might help me clear this up before I contact FA office again, but meanwhile, I really would appreciate some advice!