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by TeeGuneys23 3,382 Views | 20 Comments

I am in a difficult situation right now. I want to go to college for Nursing really bad but i dont have the money to do so. Really interested in William Paterson if I could make it. This is my senior year. My mom and dad... Read More


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    sorry , honey i hope that it works out for you !
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    I will speak for myself here but.... I was in your same situation and when I spoke to the financial aid counselor at my school I was told not to input my stepfathers info since he had not legally adopted me. The FAFSA states to not put info of a legal guardian who has not adopted you. Maybe this was wrong but this is what I was told and what I did up untill when I became independent...last year...ugh!
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    Ask the financial aid counselor at the schools you are applying to. I am pretty sure you have to include the stepdads info unfortunately. It is not the end of the world though, most students do take out loans these days. Just be careful and only use the money for things you really need and pay it back asap. Good luck
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    Quote from TeeGuneys23
    thanks for everyone's replies, it means alot. So basically Im screwed in this situation which isnt really the answer i wanted coming out of this. Ouch

    Don't think that way.....no need to worry yet. You aren't defeated....the "battle" hasn't even begun. At this point, you do not have any idea how much you will qualify for. You haven't even completed the first step yet. It's silly to worry about the unknown. The priority is going to school. One way or another I am sure you will be able to pay for it. Unfortunately, it may not be a "free." There are many scholarships that are not need based. There are many options you can explore before and after applying for the financial aid. The first step is completing the FAFSA. Start looking for and applying for as many scholarships as you can. There are a ton of reputable websites out there with info on different scholarships. Applying for scholarships can be time consuming, but if it's something you want, the work is worth it. Talk to your high school counselor. Do searches on the web for your state + nurse + scholarships. Don't forget....many colleges also have their own scholarships and grants. Again, these are not always need-based.

    Be proactive about it and get a jump start. The more time you put into it, likely, the more $ you can find for college. Also, if you work, see if your employer has tuition reimbursement. If you don't work, you should

    I was a single mom with three kids. I did not get a free ride for my bachelor's degree (not in nursing) but I did get some grants and several scholarships....however, I also had to take out student loans. The way I see it, college isn't free. You are the one benefiting from your college degree and you will need to work for it -- work in the coursework and work for the financial aspect of it.

    Again, try not to worry too much....first fill out the FAFSA, finalize your college search so you can get their financial aid advisers' help and talk with your high school guidance counselor.

    Good luck! If you want it, you will find a way to get it! :heartbeat
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    You have a few options...

    1. Go, take out loans, work hard to make good grades to get a scholarship later on, work part-time during school, and see if you can live at home while commuting to school.
    2. Go into the Army.
    3. File for emancipation. I don't know how your state works, but I had to do this when I was 18 so my dad could quit paying my mom child support. I was supporting myself through school, so why should he pay her anymore? This made me free and clear to be independant on my FAFSA.
    4. Postpone school.

    Essentially there is always an option. Remember though, most of these options mean little fun during school. So if you are a party person that wants to go out every night of the week, forget about it.

    Good luck
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    You could file for emancipation.

    You could postpone college until you are 23 years old, and in the meantime, work hard and save up some money. You could become a CNA and get some experience in health care that way.
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    Quote from Virgo_RN
    Um....the FAFSA *is* for student loans.
    But it is also utilized to assess need for certain scholarships and grants by financial aid departments. I can understand why she would be reluctant to report the income from her step-father when there is no expectation that he'll be providing any support.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Nov 18, '09 : Reason: Referenced deleted posting
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    I would work with the guidance and financial aid counselors at the schools that you want to attend.

    There are a couple of strategies that you can consider.

    1. Consider a Community College for your prerequisites. If you can live at home that will help reduce expenses. (In
    2. Take Advanced Placement courses.
    3. Try to clep out of as many classes as you can.
    4. If you can attend college classes as part of your HS program that may save you some money. (In MN HS students can attend tuition free during their JR/SR years)
    5. Consider joining the National Guard. (Tons of money available for school but it does require military service.)

    Please don't give up.

    (PS you can also consider the LPN to RN route. )
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    Quote from Reno1978
    But it is also utilized to assess need for certain scholarships and grants by financial aid departments. I can understand why she would be reluctant to report the income from her step-father when there is no expectation that he'll be providing any support.
    Yes, I know this. I've been a recipient of these scholarships and grants myself. However, the loans typically make up the bulk of the package, and loans must be paid back. I fail to see how this is a "free handout". I, too, can understand her dilemma.
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    Quote from proudnurseRN

    3. File for emancipation. I don't know how your state works, but I had to do this when I was 18 so my dad could quit paying my mom child support. I was supporting myself through school, so why should he pay her anymore? This made me free and clear to be independant on my FAFSA.
    I would suggest what the OP said above.

    As the child of divorced parents and a mom in a blended family, my kids have a stepdad, I want to tell you that your stepdad cannot say you're not his responsibility. You became his responsibility when he married your mom. Does he claim you on his taxes? I understand his point, but it's invalid.

    Perhaps you can try what JadeGreenEyes above said.

    The problem you may run into with loans is that I think your parents have to sign for them if you're not independent.

    If you have a dream to become a nurse, then don't let anyone stop you. I think we are so fortunate inthis country to have community and state colleges which don't cost as much as private universities. We also have those special schools for working people that cost a lot, but allow you to work full time. You may even find that you can take out loans. G/L!


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