I am back to CC with kid #2 looking for schools after screwing up pretty bad with kid #1 but we did salvage that and she is doing very well at UMD and is super happy there. I am very grateful for this community! So now on to D21! The NPC is new to me and I was looking at Allegheny College for her. I thought that was way out of our Penn State budget price range but I ran the NPC and it came close to in range. So I am wondering if I did something wrong?
1 Should you always use your most recent tax return (even if the website asks for 2017?)
2 The number in household. Do we include our daughter who is away in college?
3 Number in college we should say 2 correct? (We will have 2 when #2 goes)
4 What is included in assets? This is the one that really confuses me. 529's? Roths? IRAs? Our home?
5 How accurate is this NPC? I know we have a very high EFC so If Allegheny says they will give her $24k a year does that mean it is okay to apply there? Does that go for any school?
I want to be careful to apply to schools within our budget this time. Another school that came out similarily was Susquehanna.