dextermorgan wrote:Lol at "loan assistance" being "need-based aid."
Don't knock it - subsidized loans are worth thousands of dollars in interest non-payments. If you don't want them, I'll take them.
Skyhook wrote:So if you are over 30, independent, and your parents have never lived or worked in the US, do you really have to include their financial information?
northwood wrote:since you are a professional student, you have the option not to answer information about your parents financial situtation.
cmk wrote:I have these same questions. My parents are not contributing at all to my law school education. Because I am only 24 years old schools are telling me that I have to put their info on the FAFSA which seems completely counterproductive since I am paying for this on my own and need as much aid as I can possibly get. My parents do not claim me as a dependent when they file taxes, why isn't this enough to jusify leaving them off my FAFSA?
Side note about how much FAFSA sucks: my dad is not part of the picture at all and my mom didn't get remarried the summer I left for my first year of college. Freshman year I was golden with financial aid since I only had to put her info on the FAFSA, but sophomore year I lost almost all my aid because I now had to put my step-father's info even though he wasn't contributing ONE CENT to my education. When I called to ask about this they said "sorry your mother and step-father file taxes together, we don't care how much he is or is not contributing." So yeah, basically the whole process sucks.
yabuddy wrote:Ok so I read this whole thread and feel like people have been giving different answers to this question.
I am an undergrad right now, going to law school next year. My parents will not be contributing any money to my legal education. Does that mean that I can just leave their information off of the form.
And if schools ask me for my parents info, can I just tell them that I will be paying for law school on my own? The school will be cool with that?
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