cmk wrote: NZA wrote:
cmk wrote:This may not be the forum for this topic but something in that email today got me thinking: Can someone explain the deal with filling out parent's info for financial aid? My parents are not going to be financially contributing at all and just because I am under 30 I am required to provide their info? If I put their info I will obviously be less eligible for need-based aid, which is what I need since I will be paying for this all myself. It doesn't make any sense to me that it is assumed that just because you are a certain age your parents are going to being paying the bills.
You're required to if they claimed you as a dependent, I think.
They don't claim me as a dependent, but I am only two years out of undergrad. I guess I'll have to call each individual school and figure out what the general consensus is. During the financial aid workshop at the NY LSAC Forum the speaker made a big deal about filing the FAFSA as an independent. Yet Berkley's email today said you have to put your parent's info on the FAFSA if you are under 30---hence my confusion. That would be awful to fill out the form wrong and be disqualified for any aid at all.
Yeah...after I posted, I reread the email and saw that. :\
I would do it per Boalt's request. Look at Boalt's site, though:
All students who will not be 30 years of age by December 31 of the academic year for which they are applying will be considered financially dependent for the purpose of determining need-based grant eligibility. An imputed parent contribution from parents' income and assets is used in determining grant eligibility.
So...need-based grants are evaluated based on you and your parents' incomes. And:
A student is considered to be financially independent based either upon the student's age or demonstrated financial independence from his or her parents. If the student will be at least 30 years old by December 31 of the fall semester of the academic year for which grant eligibility is being determined, he or she will be considered to be financially independent.
Dunno what to say. Not sure what the bolded stuff means...how are they defining "financial independence?"
My parents have claimed me as a dependent every year. Just follow Boalt's instructions, I guess.