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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • G Haviland

    Have 100% VA compensation (total and permanent) and social security disablity. My son filled out FAFSA declaring my income under Parents Veterans noneducational benefits and parents other untaxed income or benefits. Then FAFSA said he did not qualify for financial aid. I thought my disability benefits werent suppose to effect his financial aid?

    • Peach

      When you are 100% T&P your childs school tuition is paid for until he/she gets a bachelors degree. Thats part of your benefits for being T&p

  • Doug Briggs

    We have just had almost all of our need based awards for college withdrawn because of “housing allowance” which our organization is required to allocate as non-taxable income. We are missionaries with a very low income (adjusted income for FAFSA was zero), but since we had a housing allowance (also very low), we lost virtually all of our college benefits. The amount we lost was more than our entire housing allowance. Is this what is happening to the military as well? Just curious. It is absolutely scandalous.

  • Maria Andrade

    How can I fix this mistake my college made. I qualified for financial aid, but my college, Olympic College, added our BAH housing and now I don’t qualify. Please help, I am paying my tuition out of pocket and am struggling!

  • Vern

    I’m a DOD civilian that receives post allowance (non-taxed). Is that to be included?

  • krystle swan

    I am a graduating senior from highschool in the 2013 school year. I have been planning on joinging the service when I do graduate. My question is do i have to fill out my Fafsa (for finacial aide)?

    Help much appriciated thank you.
    BTW: I have already started it.

  • Sarah

    Do you know if it is the same for this year? Do I need to include BAH when filling out my FAFSA? I qualified last year for a Pell Grant but BAH was not included if I include it this year I may loose all or some of the grant. Thank you

  • kim

    Ms. Swan,
    If you are joining the military, they will pay for your continued schooling. While you are in and after you get out (depending if you stay in a year to pay off your MGIB $100/mo.)

  • Shawn

    Can my school calculate my Post 911 GI Bill BAH as financial aid? They are using this as a way of decreasing the amount of unsubsidized Stafford loan I can receive.

    • KateKashman

      Shawn, as best as I can ascertain, the school can use your Post 9/11 GI Bill as part of your assets towards college. And I’m going to stick my nose in here where it doesn’t belong: Why would you want to get unsubsidized Stafford loans when your GI Bill should be enough to pay for college and most of your living expenses? Student loan debt is one of the largest financial problems facing college graduates today, and you have an amazing opportunity to go to school without accruing student loan debt. I hope you’ll reconsider taking out loans. Best of luck to you.

  • Damian

    Question: my son is in his second year a community college on base, he received a Pell grant for the 2013-2014. The Grant was cut in half for the 2014-2015 year, when i asked why they said it was because we made $12,000 more than last year. this i find interesting because I did not have a job for the last 6 months of 2013. We also started paying rent in 2013( the rental company on base is taking it) is this included in total gross income now?