Gotti wrote:I posted this somewhere else but I feel like it's relevant here:
I'm not going to get any $$ from my parents for LS. Can I just tell a school that I am in contact with my parents but they are uncooperative and refuse to give me any of their tax information (even if it wasn't true)? I mean how can they check that, right?
Aside from this being a lie, would this be a viable option?
Do you/did you/do you plan to live with your parents while you are out of school for the summer or break? In other words, did you list their address as a permanent residence?
From what I understand, law schools dont really get too involved with the particulars of why your parents wont give you aid unless it is because there is no money to give. They tend to reserve their merit aid for those who have absolutely no way to pay for school and who dont have anybody who is capable of paying either. Like the above posters mentioned, figure out what you can do to prove total independence and see if that helps.
I was told by an admissions official that "need" aid is for those who both have no personal money and come from families with no money either. But I would still make the effort to squeeze some our of Fordham.