Financial Aid After Marriage

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 2
9856 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Beeee13:  Where you live is going to make a big difference.

Post # 4
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

In my case, I didnt get any grants before marriage. After marriage, I still only got offers for loans..ridiculous!

Post # 5
592 posts
Busy bee

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
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
6959 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
3432 posts
Sugar bee

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.

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