I AM TERRIFIED - page 4

by Kdrenee

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I am so excited to start nursing school in may, but I just found out I do not get any government aid due to my father making too much money, and due to the fact that I am not yet 23. Hello, my father doesn't help me pay for... Read More


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    Quote from GrnTea
    I'd give them some pushback on that. Try again.
    PUSHBACK???!!!?!????!!!! I just lost my tea all over my iPad! Love it!!!!!!
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    Good day:

    As a tax payer for decades, I'm ok with portions of my tax dollars being used for grants and student aid.

    I do hope that the various school systems would look at ways to reduce their costs (i.e. do they really need this or that) to lower the cost of tuition; but that's another story.

    To the original thread poster, your dad maybe helping you more than you think. I cannot speak for all those in mid life, but I had student loans and what not to pay off when I went down college road years ago; and my wife and I will most likely have new debt if I get into nursing school (for which I'm hoping I get in).

    Check if you can appeal independent status; it sounds like you've been independent long enough.

    Thank you.
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    Thanks for your post. I definitely will look into appealing it.
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    Except the federal government bases aid on whether or not parents *can* pay, not whether or not they *will* pay.
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    Exactly. That is fair though in a round about way. Of course in my situation I'm still going to be upset about it lol.
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    @Kdrenee, I am 20 with no dependents & not married. I don't even fill out that FAFSA anymore because I was never getting any sort of grant or aid. I just apply for merit based scholarships from different organizations or companies, even my state. I think it is a better use of time.
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    To one of the other posters, not financing your child's education when you can afford to is not helping them. Setting them up for debt is more likely to make them financially stressed especially in this economy.
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    You need to check out the website. I believe you are dependent until you are 24, unless you have a dependent (child). You can appeal if you don't have a child and don't live with your parents. It is more paper, but can be done.
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    Quote from Kdrenee
    It's not fair, my dad has plenty of money to help, he just chooses not to.

    You know, I am sure my kids think the same of me, but what was laughingly called my retirement account took a 50% hit in the recent depression and isn't back yet. I bet I still look pretty good to them in my house but they have no idea how terrified I am about my financial situation, looking at retirement in a few years with very few resources. Unless you have seen all your parents' books you don't really know how it is for them. Just sayin'.
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    Quote from GrnTea

    You know, I am sure my kids think the same of me, but what was laughingly called my retirement account took a 50% hit in the recent depression and isn't back yet. I bet I still look pretty good to them in my house but they have no idea how terrified I am about my financial situation, looking at retirement in a few years with very few resources. Unless you have seen all your parents' books you don't really know how it is for them. Just sayin'.
    I've said it many times, I don't care that my dad doesn't help me. I'm not mad, and it is what it is. It'd be helpful if he did. When I said "it's not fair," I was actually commenting on a post someone else posted talking about other people paying kids way through college through grants, even when their parents can afford it. It's not fair to them to have to pay, and it's not fair for the kids who's parents truly cannot afford it.

    You are right, I don't know my dads exact financial situation, but I do know that he can pay cash for his new girlfriends 40,000 car and pay all of her and her children's bills. Whatever, thats his business. My dad was never the type of parent who pushed their kids to go to college. He could care less if I go at all honestly. He didn't go to college, and he still makes more than plenty of money so I guess he feels we can do the same if we choose to.

    I didn't mean for this post to start a discussion of wether or not parents are "bad" or "good" if they pay their child's way through school or not. The intent of the post was to express the fact that I wasn't considered independent on my FAFSA, when truly I am.

    My dad and I may not agree on some things, but I don't think he's a bad parent for not paying for my college. When I have children I intend on making them work for things, but I will help them pay for college if I am able to.
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