bistduverrueckt wrote:I know the general rule for FAFSA (minus schools that explicitly say to include parental info) is just to include one's on info but is parental information required in every school's case if the student filing is a dependent of the parent's?
Basically I'm still in undergrad so my parents have one more year to claim me as their dependent since I don't graduate until May which means I won't be filing taxes as an independent in 2011. Would I need to include parental info on my FAFSA even if they won't assist me monetarily in anyway for law school?
If you are under 30 most if not all schools will require parental info either on FAFSA or NeedAccess and you probably will have to submit their tax returns to the school for verification. It isn't about what they are helping you with, it is about what the schools count as their help to you. Just as they will count a part of your asset against your financial aid eligibility even though you may not be actually cashing in your assets to pay for school.
They will ask for tax returns?
Ok, so if I am to include "parent information" (despite filing as an independent and being out of school) I not only need my PARENTS' info, but their entire households'? (aka, my stepmom and stepdad?) So although my mom has no job and no assets, but I will have to put my stepdad's assets (aka, trust funds set up for my stepbrothers that I'll never see a penny of)? I will also have to put my stepmom's assets (who is MY AGE and obviously is nothing like a mother and has never supported me..?) I assume that since they file jointly this is necessary.
Just clarifying, I'm home for the weekend to fill this stuff out.
I knew my weird ass family would come back to haunt me.