My DS has been working for his uncle for a couple of years. Sometimes he sweeps floors at his shop at other times he helps him with yard work and odds and end jobs. He only works a few hours a day, not every day and DS really enjoys this job because he is able to attend college full time and has flexibility with his hours at work. My son is paid cash and therefore has never filed income taxes. He makes enough money to just about pay his car expenses. He is an excellant student so I never really pushed for him to get a job elsewhere for more pay. This arrangement allows for him to study and participate on his hockey team when needed. I'm starting to feel that he would benefit from getting a job that offers a steady paycheck and I'm concerned that this cash payment will somehow work against him when he transfers to a private college and needs financial aid/loans because he won't have an employment history. He keeps telling me that if he works for a business he'll won't be making enough money to pay for parking, gas and car insurance but mostly the flexibility to work around his present college schedule. When we complete the FAFSA form we complete it saying he "does not file", and that his income is zero. What would be best for him? Would he qualify for more loans or aid if he had a low paying steady job rather than saying he has no income making him look like he's "lazy" not earning anything? Thoughts?