Lady LaLa wrote:This is a bit off topic, but relates to some of the posts from a few days back.......
I completed my FAFSA and the UVA Institutional FinAid form on Sunday. According to FAFSA, I am an independent and did not have to include data on my parents' finances. I included their info. on the UVA Institutional form, but it was just limited to cash and stocks, basically (they form did not ask for my parents' income.) After reading some of the posts on TSL, I was made aware that I would have to include my parents' financials on my FAFSA to be considered for need-based aid via UVA. The problem is that my parents are not supporting me in law school at all. It's all on me. I'm worried that if I edit my FAFSA, which says I don't need to include my parents' finances, just to get need-based aid from UVA, I will hurt my overall aid package because it will look like I have more money available to me than I actually do (especially because of my father's salary).
What should I do? If I don't include the info. on the FAFSA, which I am not required to include, I hurt my chances of need-based aid from UVA, but if I do include the info. I hurt my chances for federal, as well as institutional, money. Any suggestions/advice?
Contact the financial aid office, ask them directly whether you need to include FAFSA info on your parents, and then if they tell you that you do, do it.
You'll hurt your aid package more by not following the financial aid office's guidance than you will by including money you don't want to on it.