Q: Our son received $100K in trust from his grandfather. He doesn’t have access to these funds until he turns 25. Will this affect his financial aid?
A: Yes. Student assets are ‘assessed’ at the rate of 20%. For your son’s $100K trust fund, your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) will be increased by $20,000. This results in a reduction of $20K in his financial aid eligibility. Unfortunately, the fact that your son cannot access these funds until he’s out of college doesn’t influence the assessment.
Q: I remarried last year. I read that my husband’s income and assets will hurt my daughter’s chance of getting financial aid. Is that correct?
A: Yes, that is correct. Custodial parents are often surprised to learn that the custodial step-parent’s income and assets are declared on the dependent student’s financial aid forms. This often reduces financial aid eligibility significantly.
Q: My daughter has been working since she was 16 and wants to keep her job until she leaves for college. Does her income enter into financial aid?
A: The character of a working student is noble, but be aware of this impact to financial aid. Parents need to know this so they can make an informed decision regarding the student working.
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