Hi, I'm new to the forum. I'm looking for an answer to a very specific question, that is who can discuss my information with my school's financial aid department? I am an adult but my mom is considering helping me pay for school. If she pays all or part of my tuition will she be able to call and talk to financial aid about me? Will they begin directing their correspondence to her? Does that depend on how much she pays?
For example, I am desperate for extra money for books and living expenses and am considering telling her my tuition is higher than it is so I'll get a refund. I know this is a terrible thing to do, and lecture me if you must, but please also answer this: If my mom pays more than my actual balance, would the financial aid office notify her of the mistake? What if her payment was sent with a bill that I had doctored to show a higher amount- can financial aid tell her about the fallacy? Do they communicate with her at all? (I'm cringing as I write this, but honestly there are some unique personal and family circumstances at work here so if you can, please answer the questions objectively.) I really appreciate your time.