Of course, my goal is to maximize fin'l aid for my kid.
My kid went to public school last year, but I paid to other private institutions for her education (a summer academic program at a university, for example).
When the questionnaire asks me "how much I paid for education of my kid at private school last year", I am wondering if I am better off reporting the $6k I paid for the summer program, or reporting zero since my kid went to public school.
I could justify either answer, but am wondering which one would give me more of financial aid? Would they assume that since I paid last year, I should be able to continue paying at least as much this year, and they'd give us less fin'l aid? Or, by contrast, would they assume that since I paid last year, I now have less money, and they'd give us more fin'l aid?