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I have two teens from a first marriage who have been my dependents since the divorce. I have been the main financial support of my children. I am remarried now and my hubby and I make considerably more than my ex and his wife. My question is this: if my daughters moved in with their dad and he claims them as his financial dependents for at least a year before they apply for financial aid do they have to include my hubby's and my income in the equation?

One of the girls is going to the community college already and wants to transfer to a university as a junior. She only needs financial aid for those two years and hopes she can qualify for a work-study thing.


The short answer is: no, your and your husband's income will not count. The federal financial aid formula only cares about the incomes of the parents with whom the child lived in the past year.

However, some colleges consider the incomes of both biological parents instead, in awarding their own institutional financial aid. Check with the schools your children are interested in, to find out what their policy on this is.

If all they are looking for is a work-study award, then your and husband's income should not matter. Work-study is a federal program, so eligibility is determined by the federal formula.
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