1. You contribute, I contribute … who contributes? The new FAFSA features a number of new terms to get familiar with. Chief among these is contributor.
A contributor is anyone required to provide information on a student’s form. For adults, this might extend to your spouse. Dependent students, by contrast, might request details from their parents. Contributors aren’t on the hook to pay for a student’s education, but they do need to provide financial information to help determine the student’s eligibility for aid. If a contributor doesn’t furnish this info, the student becomes ineligible for aid.