Post # 1
Any college/grad school bees run into any issues qualifying for financial aid after getting married? I am getting married next month and will be beginning my second year of grad school next fall. I’m also not sure how we will be filing our taxes which I gather may also impact eligibility.
Any thoughts, experience or advice?
Post # 2
Beeee13: In my case, when DH and I claimed common law status it actually helped me. His student loan payments were so ridiculous that it meant I actually qualified for more than what I did on my own. Didn’t make a lot of sense to me, but I went with it!
Post # 3
Beeee13: Where you live is going to make a big difference.
Post # 4
In my case, I didnt get any grants before marriage. After marriage, I still only got offers for loans..ridiculous!
Post # 5
I’ve tried to research this a bunch, and by research I mean google. Lol.
From what I’ve read though, filing taxes together or separate doesn’t really matter. What I’ve read says even if separate FAFSA still collects your household taxes if you’re married, even if you filed separately, starting with the year you married.
But I’m not 100% sure on that. I’m not even sure who to visit to answer these questions. An accountant? The school office? I’m not sure.
Definitely commenting to follow though.
Post # 6
In the process of trying to qualify for grants as we speak. Had to get out all this 2013 tax return info, and in addition to that we have to go to the IRS and get some paperwork for the school. He has to get his own, I can’t get it for him. After all this… we may not even qualify for anything 🙁 But I can’t not try ya know?
Post # 7
I’m pretty sure they will include your DH’s income after you’re married. So if he makes a lot more than you, you may no longer qualify.
Post # 8
Beeee13: I think you may only because when my mom was doing the paperwork for not financial aid but a tuition waiver one of the questions was if I had gotten married yet, and I hadn’t at the time, but I remember if I had gotten married in the beginning of my last semester I would have still qualified because of the fact that I had gotten married after the semester started. Not to mean that you won’t run into issues or that it will be easy sailing, that’s just how it worked in my case.