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Subject: FAFSA, Separated or Married Status Date: 2/13/2000 1:03 PM
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Caution- sort of lengthy.
I've been lurking & learning a lot, thanks all. Now have a question I haven't seen addressed, exactly. Don't know if it belongs here or the College board, so I'm posting it in both.

I'm in mediation for divorce, separated April 99. Plan to file Married Joint for 99. Seems best way to handle shared expenses & deductions, S.Bond interest, college credits.

1st son will be a Sr in college; 2nd will be a Jr. in H School in the fall. Private college has awarded grants for 2/3 of tuition, with about 1/3 EFC; parents, student earnings, student Stafford loans.

Don't want to jeopardize the fin aid package this last year. I was ready to mail the form, but now I'm confused. I don't know how the fin aid package would be affected if I file taxes as separated, Head/Household. Which would be difficult, since we don't have a legal separation agreement & some issues are still being negotiated.

I've looked at the FAFSA website FAQs and these boards but I don't know how to answer the financial questions on the FAFSA. It seems if I'm filing jointly, I should put status as Married (instructions say "include info for 2 people".

If I'm 'Separated', then I am to include "info for one person". I'm afraid if I put 'Separated' but give financial info for us as 'Married', it will skew the results. If that's correct, I'll give the financials jointly and contact the school Fin Aid Dept to explain "special circumstances". I'm hoping that would be enough to make them understand our financial picture's changed dramatically.

Comments or suggestions? TIA
Regards,
Diane
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