• It's neither. FAFSA gives the college a #..that is the # they use to determine how much aid you get and what is the portion you pay. If your mother was counted as income (you are dependent). you can file for a hardship status and sometimes, depending on the school, they will disallow her income and base your aid on just your income and your dads (if applicable). You have to talk to them and fill out forms. Fafsa is just a #.not the $ itself.
  • At a minimum, you will not have her income to count against you in your income calculations. If she is your main provider, then you will be more likely to get grants than loans. Good luck.
  • FAFSA is merely an application for federal student aid (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). What it really is, is a way of inventorying your assets and financial capabilities to determine how much you can theoretically afford to pay for college. The problem is, it takes into account almost all of your assets, including your savings. On paper, you almost always will be "capable" of affording more for school than you are in real life, which will reduce the amount of financial aid and grants that you are eligible for. The best way to score on financial aid is to meet in person with someone in your school's Financial Aid office, form some kind of relationship with them (so they see you as a human being rather than a piece of paper) and periodically bug the hell out of them until they give you more money. Worked for me. :)
  • There are always a lot of oddball scholarships out there that often don't even get applied for because people don't know they exist. Why not try calling Hospice and ask if they know of any scholarships for grieving children or orphans?
  • FAFSA is an application for aid. You can get aid from the government and also from the college you attend, though not normally a community college. Four-year schools award grants, scholarships, and you can take out federally-guaranteed loans, too. Talk to the relevant office at the community college you hope to attend about what you need to do. If you are enrolled in high school right now, your guidance counselor may e able to assist you.

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