Marriage, we’re told, is a step not to be taken lightly. Except when there’s student aid at stake. The Columbia Spectator reported this week on an unnamed male graduate student who had married a friend solely to take advantage of a federal policy that provides more-generous aid to students who are either married or in the military. Given a choice, the student said, he had opted to get hitched to a friend (it’s not clear if she, too, is a student). Their relationship is platonic, and in fact his wife is romantically involved with another man. It sure sounds awkward, particularly if the Internal Revenue Service or the Education Department gets wind of his scheme and his identity. But right now, he said, it’s saving him $11,000 in student loans.
December 5, 2006