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My parents refuse to sign up for financial aid, because of certain information required, is there any alternative way around this or special circumstantial exceptions?

Asked Lauderdale Lakes, Florida

I'm asking this question because my parents refuse to give me their information and they fail to see how FASFA could be a great help when it comes to financial educational needs. #financial-aid #personal-finance

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Carlos’s Answer

Hi Akilah, Since you need to apply for FAFSA each year, I figure the information below may still be helpful for you: Here is the link for individuals who generally don't need their parents' information: https://fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1718/help/fftoc02k.htm This is part of their 'Help' section under the question: 'Will I need my parents’ information?' at fafsa.ed.gov - if you answer 'Yes' to any of those questions you should not need your parents' information to successfully apply. If you answered 'No' to any of the scenarios from the link above, then you would still require your parents' info. But if your parents still are not willing to provide the info needed to fill out your FAFSA then what can you do? Check the below link out that details this exact special circumstance. You may need to work with your school's financial aid office to explain your situation. A key distinction in similar situations is to determine whether you are a 'Dependent' of your parents or considered 'Independent': https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/parent-info#unwilling-parents I hope this helps! #financial-aid #personal-finance

Johannes’s Answer

Updated Tampa, Florida

That is a very difficult situation to be in. The other responses in this thread seemed very helpful, and I would also recommend reading the following article:


Lastly, if I were in your place, I would want to understand why your parents refused to fill out the FAFSA documents. Once you understand their concerns, do your best to prove that they don't need to worry. If it's about privacy, tell them the information is secure and completely confidential. If they're afraid that they will have to pay your loans for you, ask your finance counselor to only give loans your parents do not have to co-sign for.

Good luck!

Marquell’s Answer

Updated Washington, Washington

Hi Akilah,

Unfortunately, your parents must provide their info if you want FAFSA help. FAFSA is very important because they need to know how much your parents make in order to determine your aid.

They really should reconsider FAFSA if you don't have a lot of scholarships or other financial awards.

Best of Luck