Your income tax refund and student loan money are not income. Your tax refund is for taxes you have paid but are not owed. A student loan is just that, a loan. It is not income.
Pell Grants, scholarships, etc., are not income for tax purposes in CA. However, for purposes of a fee waiver, you may want to include your Pell Grant money. It's only approximately $5,500 and should not put you over the limit to qualify for a fee waiver. You do have a good legal argument, however, that it is not income. Your fee waiver is good until 60 days after your case concludes. Good luck.
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California does not count student loans or Pell Grants as income. As for a tax refund, that would be a refund of money already earned; it was income when it was earned, not when it was refunded.
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