DCDeckard wrote:Financial Aid Question. I'm an independent but do I still need my parents info for NeedAccess assuming I'm under 30, not a veteran, etc. etc. even though I've been working and claiming independent status for over two years? I feel like if I'm going to be paying for law school myself, their asking for my parents' info is just a rationale for giving me less aid.
I haven't been on my parents taxes for 8 years for my father and 3 years for my mother (due to a divorce in the case of my dad). I called pretty much every financial aid office at all of the schools to which I applied that required the Need Access. Pretty much across the board, they said that even though my parents wouldn't be contributing to my legal education at all, if I was under 30 it was still necessary to determine my eligibility for grants. They all said that I was welcome not to include my parents' information, but if I chose to do that, I wouldn't be eligible for most of the grants they were offering.
My guess is that they use your parents' financial information to sort of roundabout determine your socio-economic status. AKA parents who are making very little indicate that most likely you grew up with fewer advantages than someone whose parents are making more. As someone who wasn't awarded any grants (most likely because my disabled father sold his house and actually turned a profit last year), I'm a little upset that if I had waited until 30 to attend law school, my parents' financial stability wouldn't have affected the amount of debt I'll have upon graduation.
In other words, I feel your pain, but from what I gathered in February, you're kind of stuck.