Help i need help on my fafsa?

i am 18 will the fafsa be easy to fill out without parents information and will it still ask for taxes and can i fil it out by myself?

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  • PETA
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    The FAFSA is confusing to fill out now matter what. Its not easy. Yes it will ask taxes yours and theirs (theirs only if you are dependent fafsa status) if worked and required to file one. Without taxes you financial aid will be held.

    There are 2 FAFSA statuses. Dependent meaning your parent information is required on the FAFSA and Independent meaning you do not need your parent information on the FAFSA.

    Being an independent person living on your own, paying your own bills has nothing to do with independent FAFSA status. Being listed as a dependent has nothing to do with FAFSA dependent status.

    From FAFSA help. Will I need my parent info (are you dependent) http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help/fftoc02k.htm

    The special circumstances they talk about link is if you are adopted, parents in jail, you removed from them for documented abuse. If you feel you have osome other circumstance that you cannot put your parents on the FAFSA call them and ask them. However, them not wanting to help you is usually not a good enough reason. Contact here and also whenyou are filling it out if you have trouble withquestions on the form call this same number: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/contact.htm

    Browse FAFSA help to learn about it: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm

    Great sites to learn about financial aid:

    This comes out each year so look for it the year you do FAFSA: http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/attachments/site...

    http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/en...

    http://www.finaid.org/

  • nancy
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    The FAFSA is fairly simple to complete, but if you are under the age of 24, you must include parent information unless you can answer "yes" to one of the dependency questions ( are you married, working on a graduate degree, in the military or a veteran, providing more than 50% of the support for a dependent, in legal guardianship, foster care, emancipated from parents or parents deceased, or a youth at risk for homelessness).

    There are circumstances that allow a financial aid officer to override your dependency status so you can be awarded aid without parent information, but it is not easy to get an override like this. Usually, you have to be able to provide documentation that it would be impossible or unsafe for you to obtain the information from your parent. Circumstances that might be acceptable are cases of abuse, abandonment, your parents live in a foreign country and cannot be located by normal means, or your parent is not mentally or physically capable of providing the information. Some reasons that are not considered acceptable for an override are : a parent who refuses to give you the information, not being claimed on a parent's tax return, not living with the parent or not being supported by the parent.

    Even if you do not qualify for a dependency override, it is possible to complete the FAFSA without parent information, but if you do that you will not be eligible for grants and you would only be able to receive unsubsidized loans at the dependent level. So, if you are able to supply parent information, your chances of receiving aid would be much improved.

    To answer your question about taxes, even if you do not supply parent information, you would still have to answer questions about your own tax return, if you were required to file one.

  • 8 years ago

    Until you're over the age of 24, you can not fill it out without your parent's info.

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