Financial Aid and domestic partnership.?
My question is if we decided to get a domestic parternship this year instead of later would I get more financial aid money since we’re both students and we both currently are not working. Because I would have to include my parents income on financial aid because I am not over 23 yet. Which means I would get less financial aid. Would I get more if I we had a domestic partnership because then I would be considered indepent.
were you born before January 1, 1984
are you a graduate or professional student
are you married
do you have children you support
do you have legal dependents
are you an orphan or ward of the court
are you active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
If you cannot answer yes, then you would need to provide your parental information. If neither you nor your partner work, then you would have a lower EFC then you would in having to use your parental information.
Even though domestic partnerships are recognized in CA, they are not federally recognized, so I do not believe you would qualify as an Independent when you first complete the FAFSA. However, you may be able to have your financial aid office use Professional Judgement in making you Independent based on appeal.
This is something you would definitely need to talk over with a financial aid officer at your school to see what they do in these situations. Good luck!
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