bees wrote:snickersnicker wrote:jakeoooh wrote:Duh, Needaccess... Now your comment makes much more sense. Apparently I didn't read beyond my own circumstances (because I'm old I didn't have to fill out parental info) and got my facts twisted. Oh well. At least I know Michigan isn't turning away people who have a clearly demonstrated need. Plus I learned something new about Needaccess.
No, Michigan is still turning away people with clearly demonstrated need. I've never made more than $4000 in any given year and my family, like I said, was below the poverty line while I was growing up. I'm considered 'independent' now, so my mom's financial information isn't even a consideration, correct?
I think this is incorrect. Need based aid does take your parents' income into account. If you think about it, why would a school even require the needaccess form to determine if they should give you money? They get all the relevant information from your FAFSA (income, current assests, etc.), so the only reason I can think of to require the additional form is to get your parents' financial info.
Michigan does not look at parental info. They use the NeedAccess form to determine historic financial history too (things like car(s) owned, whether or not the person filling it out ever received Pell Grants, loan amounts, etc.), and I think spouse info? These are things not covered by FAFSA.