Hey folks out there with families (ie, kids + non-working spouses): How difficult is it to obtain adequate financial aid to support one's family? I estimate that I will have to borrow at least an additional $5,000/year above what a single student would to account for additional rent (3 bedroom place), food, and other expenses. I never really thought it would be a problem, but now that I am filling out my financial aid stuff, I am noticing problems. For example, this statement is posted in bold letters on Midwestern's (CCOM/AZCOM) website: "Because the calculation of the expected family contribution takes into consideration the size of the family, the cost of attendance is not normally adjusted to support the children and cannot be adjusted to provide for the spouse." What gives? How does one support wife/children if you have to live on the same budget as a single student? And how does this vary from school to school?