Answers to Common FAFSA Questions about FSA IDs and Household Size
Get the FAQs on the FAFSA.
By The Fastweb Team
August 22, 2017
My sister is in college and she applied for financial aid so my dad already has an FSA ID. Should I create a new FSA ID or use the same one? — Perla C.
An FSA ID is used to sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically. Each person signing the form must have their own FSA ID. Your father can use his existing FSA ID, but you must get your own FSA ID. You cannot use your sister’s FSA ID. You can get an FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.
I am filling out my first financial aid form. The form asks for the number of people in my household. I am 18 and not working, my Dad provides all my financial support. I understand that I should list both of us in this section. But what about my Dad’s girlfriend and her son (not my Dad’s child) that have lived with us for the past 8 years? Do I list them as well as household members, as my Dad does contribute to their support? She works as well. Do I have to list her income? — Dan G.
You should count your father and yourself (and your siblings, if any) in household size on the FAFSA. If your father’s girlfriend and her children live with you (and will continue living with you) and your father provides more than half their support, they get counted in household size as well.
Since your father’s girlfriend has a job, your father will have to determine whether he provides more than half her support and half her child’s support. This means calculating the total of the support he provides and the total of the support she provides and comparing the two figures. Note that support includes the fair rental value of the lodging.
The income earned by your father’s girlfriend is not reported on the FAFSA, regardless of whether she is counted in household size or not. Any support she provides to you, however, is reported as untaxed income to you.
If your father were to marry his girlfriend, then her income would be reported on the FAFSA.
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