Financial Aid questions

<p>My father and I are trying to figure out what to do:</p>

<p>We have had about $60,000 income from my mother and father combined last year (2003) but since then we've lost my mother's income and now my father has only made $44,000 this year. </p>

<p>The problem is that some schools that say I have to fill out the FAFSA and CSS profiles put a due date on them - the same date as regular decision deadline. If I HAVE to have this information in on those deadlines, it will be too early to use my father's 2004 returns and we'll have to use the 2003 ones, which puts us up a higher level, meaning I get less of the aid that I NEED. </p>

<p>What should we do? Do we fill them out now to meet deadline or just wait until we get our returns so that we can use 2004? </p>

<p>Or should I call each school's office and ask? Would the schools let me postpone sending my forms in? What could I do?</p>

<p>You can't file the FAFSA until after January 1 - so complete the profile now - note the drop in income in the comments section and then use 2004 info for the FAFSA.</p>