My son is currently a Junior in High school and we will be filling out the FAFSA early 2013. I am an American citizen, but I think my situation is somewhat complicated because I am not married to my son's Mom and she is not an American citizen. (she is from central America) The situation gets somewhat more complicated because she is working for the world bank in the USA with a work visa, lives with us here in the USA, but she is not required to pay US taxes because she works for the World bank as a contractor from her country. Obviously we would like to get the maximum financial aid for my son so my questions are:
Would it be better if we continue to say single or is there a benefit to being married when filing the FAFSA?
How are foreign parents income calculated or reported? (is it reported?)
Do I have to claim her on the FAFSA?
What is the best way to file under these circumstances?
Any other tips or advise on filing FAFSA would be appreciated keeping in mind my situation and our goal to get maximum financial aid.