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Wasting extra Fiancial Aid money on stuff
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Posted 9/12/14 , edited 9/13/14

HandTye wrote:


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HandTye wrote:

You guys are talking about financial aid and not student loans, yeah? How are you getting financial aid?! Government says my parents make too much money (combined it's like ~$100,000 a year), that's not even my fucking money! It's my parent's money.


Your point?


I thought the bold-ing, and underlining was pretty clear. Why does the government assume my parents would give me their money for school? I'm 22, my parents are not legally responsible for me. And I'm pretty sure I've only made, like 14K this year so far. That would just barely cover the cost of tuition and that's it.

Soooooo am I filling out these FAFSA forms wrong, or have I been apart of the 1% this whole time and never realized it?


I feel your pain, I'm from a big family, never had money. Took 6-7 classes a semester and worked two part time jobs just to barely scrape by. I was always "too rich" to get anything other than loans. Graduated a year ago, 23 years old still no car, big pile of student loans. At least now I'm now an engineer and I'll get out of this crap soon. The system sucks, you're not alone, didn't get a penny in Federal grants, did get some academic scholarships though the school and private donors thank God.

I have no idea why the government assumes that, my parents didn't give me any money either and I had to fund myself through college. I agree that assumption is screwed up, you are punished by not getting your college tuition from your parents on a golden plate. America is screwed up in so many ways, we are the laughing stock of the rest of the developed world, not hard to understand why.
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Posted 9/12/14 , edited 9/13/14

HandTye wrote:


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My dad is the only one that works in our household. He makes around $25,000 in a seasonal job as a truck driver. I worked for a 3 months out of state, I made around $3,800. If you live with your parent's they're expected to contribute if they make enough money. $100,000 is a lot of money. If you live alone, then I'm pretty sure you would be able to get financial aid. I live with my parents and we barely get by every month.


Oh yeah, totally agreed. I was trying my best to be tactful/I was beating around the bush as to what the gov't considered to be "poor" enough. Thank you for being direct when I couldn't, haha.

Yeah, whenever I heard my dad complain about his job (accounting) I'd always be like . I'd do terrible things to make as much as he does in a year.


It's sometimes hard to ask how much money person makes a year.

I always hear my dad complaining about his job to. It gave him diabetes and the hours are terrible. He doesn't want us to work as hard as he's had for the past 20 years. He always tells me and my siblings to go to college and get an education since he wasn't able to.

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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/13/14
Living alone doesn't mean crap for FAFSA, it is difficult to claim yourself as independent. If you somehow have a good lawyer pull the change of status off for you, you will lose health insurance. You literately can't win...

Replying to some of the comments, your parents can make a million dollars of year, if they decide to give you no money you are punished for it. For those on the forum who fall into a category where FAFSA screws them (zero aid) I suggest get the best grades you can get in high school, apply to as many private scholarships as you can, start at a community college if necessary, live at home as long as you can, overload on courses, take up some part time jobs if you can handle it (you can make $15-20/hr waiting tables at 18, just saying), postpone as many major purchases as you can, and live cheaply as possible. It sucks, but if you can pull through it, it will all pay off.
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College should be cheaper, and the government shouldn't be handing out money like candy to kids who probably won't even stay long enough to get a 2 year degree.

And I agree with the above posts, it was really annoying to be denied an easy road to higher education because of my parents upper middle class income bracket.
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Balzack wrote:

College should be cheaper, and the government shouldn't be handing out money like candy to kids who probably won't even stay long enough to get a 2 year degree.

And I agree with the above posts, it was really annoying to be denied an easy road to higher education because of my parents upper middle class income bracket.


Yep, sure sucks, especially when you are in a case when your parents tell you that you are more or less on your own...
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Balzack wrote:

College should be cheaper, and the government shouldn't be handing out money like candy to kids who probably won't even stay long enough to get a 2 year degree.

And I agree with the above posts, it was really annoying to be denied an easy road to higher education because of my parents upper middle class income bracket.


Yep, sure sucks, especially when you are in a case when your parents tell you that you are more or less on your own...


I view any misuse of those funds as pretty immoral and apparently it can be a bit problematic particularly at the Community College level: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/27/college-financial-aid-misuse/1950401/

The worst thing of all is that we're just fostering a mind set with America's youth that the government will provide for all as long as you vote the way they want, and to not give a damn about the value of money in relation to actual ****ing work
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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/13/14

Balzack wrote:


kevz_210 wrote:


Balzack wrote:

College should be cheaper, and the government shouldn't be handing out money like candy to kids who probably won't even stay long enough to get a 2 year degree.

And I agree with the above posts, it was really annoying to be denied an easy road to higher education because of my parents upper middle class income bracket.


Yep, sure sucks, especially when you are in a case when your parents tell you that you are more or less on your own...


I view any misuse of those funds as pretty immoral and apparently it can be a bit problematic particularly at the Community College level: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/27/college-financial-aid-misuse/1950401/

The worst thing of all is that we're just fostering a mind set with America's youth that the government will provide for all as long as you vote the way they want, and to not give a damn about the value of money in relation to actual ****ing work :P


And that folks is why regardless of who gets in office we get the same bad deal ^^^
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Posted 9/13/14
I never needed Financial Aid...I kinda paid My way with Cash.
Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/13/14
what kind of saving are you doing?
edit: in what way are you saving this money?
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What else am I going to do with money?
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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/13/14
I don't know the law regarding what you're allowed to do with the financial aid money, but in most cases getting money on the agreement it is to be used for one thing, and spending it on something different is fraud, and a crime.

Then again, since when have any of the laws about welfare made sense.
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Posted 9/13/14
I put it in my bank account, and have since been using it for food.
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