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Discover More About Financial Aid For Single Parents

Aug 17, 2007
If you are a single parent it is wise to realize that you do not always have to do it on your own. Even if you feel that you are a good parent to your child. There is no need for you to feel that you have to bare the weight of everything on your shoulders, especially financially. Just because you can show yourself to be busy on all aspects and are able to look after your family alone does not mean that you have to.

Being a single parent is not always about the relationship that you have with your kids, it is primarily about this but if needed you can get financial help.

Often it found that financial complications arise in single parent families when the parent has to try and pay for their college education. There are structures in place that will provide you with financial aid to help cover such bills.

There are a number of policies that help to determine the level of financial aid for single parents, these can often be very confusing. This article will help to guide you over the process.

In case you do not know, the custodial parent is the one with whom the child, specifically a student, has lived the most in the span of the twelve months that have already passed.

Once the student admits that she or he did not live with one parent more than the other parent then the one who has provided the most financial support over the past year will be the one that will have to fill out the fafsa.

Another situation that may arise would be if the student lived with each parent for the same amount of time and if each parent also provided the same level of financial assistance then whichever parent who will claim the student for the purpose of income tax should be the one who will fill out the fafsa.

One point that should never be forgotten is that any child support or alimony that's been received from a non-custodial parent should always be included in the fafsa.

It may be to late to bring this up but as this article has mentioned it on a number of occasions now, Fafsa is an acronym that provides free application for federal student aid. Now that you understand this it will help you should be able to understand more every time you read about acronym fafsa.

The federal government does not put the income or the assets of a non-custodial parent to consideration, especially when the student's financial need is being determined.

Just in case you do not know, many private colleges take into account the assets and income of the non-custodial parent, even if he or she does not want to be included in contributing to college costs.

These said colleges would ask for a supplemental financial aid form from a non-custodial parent. This said financial aid form does a whole lot in affecting the awarding of the aid of the school, however, it is neither federal nor state.

Still, there are special cases wherein a number of private colleges will waive the requirements for non-custodial information. There is, however, a criterion that has to be met so that a certain single parent household will not be automatically qualified for a waiver.

If the non-custodial parent is unable to be located then the assumption would be made that it would be almost certain that the parent has made no form of child support payment within the recent months. This will also help in providing an indication that this parent has not been consistent in making financial support payments to the child over a period of time.

Then if the separation or the divorce has happened in the past of the past, which means it was really a long time ago, then it is highly reasonable to expect a provision from that non-custodial parent.

And last of all, if the said non-custodial parent has a history of neglect or of abuse either with the child or with the other parent.

Generally court records will be used as a way of documenting the following criteria. It should now be clear and concise to you that the above criteria must be fully documented first so that a waiver will be provided for the information that is in regards to the non-custodial parent
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