I'm thinking ahead, and I'm not yet ready to join the "wedding moms and dads" thread, though I've been lurking.
My DS and his longtime GF are still in college but have been talking more and more about making it permanent! (She's great; I love her already, so, yay!)
Here's the scene, though, and where I'd appreciate this community's wisdom to possibly pass their way. DS is studying engineering and plans to get a job right out of undergrad, possibly going to grad school later, on his employer's dime. GF is in a science field and thinking of a PhD. My understanding is that PhD students get funded through their departments based on their qualifications, not based on need. In other words, grad funding is totally different from undergrad financial aid. Right?
DS wonders, if they were to marry when GF is starting grad school, would she be considered his dependent? Would his (theoretical) $65,000 salary stand in the way of her getting funding? I think not, but I am not entirely sure how this all works.
If love and practicality go hand in hand (and for this couple they do), they are wondering if it matters when they tie the knot.