Fee Assistance Program Other Parental Income Information
Housing and Food Assistance
People sometimes live with relatives or are provided housing by a relative or friend. If this living situation applies to your parent(s), select Yes.
Quantify the value of your parent(s)’ housing and food assistance using the Housing/Food Assistance Calculator.
Estimate what your parent(s) would have paid monthly for rent where they were living, based on market rates for similar housing in their area. Use the same method to estimate the amount of food assistance they received. You do not need to be exact.
If your parent(s)’ housing assistance was provided through a federal, state or local welfare program, select No. You will provide that information elsewhere in the application.
If your parent(s) received housing and/or food assistance from a relative, friend, or other entity, you must submit a signed Housing and Food Assistance letter on their behalf that documents the assistance they received. Use this letter template.
Income Earned while Residing in a Country outside the United States
If your parents lived and worked outside of the U.S. last year and received income not reflected on their W-2 or 1099 forms, enter the amount of money they earned. Your entry must be converted to U.S. Dollars.
If you received income while residing in a country outside the United States you must submit a signed Foreign Income letter that documents the income you earned. Use this letter template .
For each of the following sections, if your parent(s) did not receive any benefits or payments from these sources, enter for that source.
Social Security Benefits
These benefits are not solely for retired people. In addition to Retirement Benefits, individuals may receive income from the Social Security Administration in the form of Survivor Benefits, Disability Benefits, or from several less common benefits.
Enter the full amount of benefits your parent(s) received from the Social Security Administration last year. You will need to obtain and submit a Statement of Benefits from the Social Security Administration that details their benefits for last year.
Federal, State and Local welfare programs
Enter the total value food stamps (SNAP), housing vouchers, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), or other welfare program benefits your parent(s) received last year.
If your parent(s) received such benefits, you must submit a formal statement of the benefits they received from the government agency that administers the benefit program(s).
This section is used to report gifts of cash or material goods in excess of $200 combined value, which your parent(s) received last year. For example, if a relative gives your parent(s) $100 per month for general living expenses, enter $1,200 in this section. Similarly, record one-time gifts of cash or material goods (i.e. car, computer), using your best estimate of the value of that gift. You need not report these gifts if their combined total is under $200.
If your parent(s) received cash or other material gifts totaling over $200 last year, you must submit a signed Financial Gifts letter that documents the amount they received. Use this.
Enter the sum of any child support payments your parent(s) received. Do not include information about payments of child support your parent(s) made.
If your parent(s) received child support payments, submit a signed, formal document that details the amount your parent(s) received last year.
Alimony or Spousal Support
Enter the sum of alimony or spousal support payments your parent(s) received. Do not include information about payments of spousal support your parent(s) made.
If your parent(s) received spousal support payments, submit a signed, formal document that details the amount they received last year.
Income or Financial Support received from other sources
Enter the total amount of income or other financial support that your parents received last year but that did not fall into one of the other categories. One example might be Veterans Administration benefits or an inheritance.
If your parent(s) received income or financial support from other sources, you must submit a signed, formal document that details the amount they received last year.
The Fee Assistance Program Application Tutorial
Contact the Fee Assistance Program
Attn: Fee Assistance Program
655 K Street N.W., Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001
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