Post # 1
I’m in my last year of college and my parents make a decent sum (80k). I got married after I filled out my FAFSA but before the corrections deadline–August 12. And yet they will not let me change my dependency status! I’m so mad because I know that if FAFSA were taking into account what my husband and I actually make I’d get a lot more help. It’s just one of those very frustrating bureaucracy moments were you have nowhere to turn.
Post # 3
UGH! That sucks! yeah, FAFSA screwed my Darling Husband over too.
Post # 4
I have a love/hate relationship with FAFSA and student loans. it always takes foreverrrrr and always takes so long to get my loans. ugh. I never get them in time for school.
Post # 5
Student Aid can suck it. I never got any because I was considered dependent by them even though I was getting no help, in any form from my parents since I was 17.
Post # 6
I am moving to TN for school in a couple weeks. Right now I am in VA and at school, I am considered an independent here. Also, I have attended school in FL, again as an independent. In TN, I was be considered a dependent….. Anyone else confused by this?
Post # 7
that is totally frustrating. My husband has to go back to school because we couldn’t afford it and they were offering all the loans to his mom, since he was a dependant, but she wouldn’t help him at all. FAFSA is mega frustrating.
Post # 8
I feel you!
I am considered a dependent of my parents, although I’m 22 and have not lived with them/ had their financial support for over two years. It’s so annoying– I hate it!
Post # 9
I had my own bad experiences with FAFSA. One year, I was so financially desperate that I took a distribution from my pension plan. My daughter’s college decided to treat that whole amount as though it were normal annual income, and thus deny all financial aid for that year.
Post # 10
Bah- I didn’t even think about my dependancy status… though I can’t imagine my aid amount would change that much for my last semester of undergrad, still praying the school will let me use that unused semester for summer classes.
Post # 11
I would contact your school’s dept. of financial aide and see what they can do. Also, I know for my school you are required to fill out a seperate verification form with them and if you have any additional considerations (like you are technically a dependent, but receive no aid from parents) notify them. Some people are successful and get additional aid, but I think it is pretty involved.
Post # 12
I called the school. They were useless. Good to know I’m not alone though.
Post # 13
Student loans suck. I got jack squat all through university because my parents made “too much money”. Not that they were giving it to me.
My best friend’s parents are millionaires, and completely financed her education, but have a good accountant, so they make “zero income” so she just took the grant portion and invested it.
Post # 14
I hear you! FAFSA has been screwing over my college career haha!
Post # 15
I tried the FAFSA once into my freshman year. Man, that thing pretty much laughed in my face… I got nothing ;-/
Post # 16
I hate the loopholes! I got the same consideration as my mom’s friends daughter and the situations were completely different. Both of our parents were divorced but her dad paid everything the govt. didn’t. My dad died and since he was remarried I never got a dime from his estate. So… if your parents are not together it’s the same as if one is alive or dead? Not okay.