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I got married and moved out of my parents' house at 19. When I went back to school the next fall, I still had to include a copy of my dad's tax return with the FAFSA form, even though I was no longer a dependent on it.



Sorta same here. We had planned to game the system a bit by me starting to claim independant status early on. I had to include my parent's tax returns anyway, even after being "on my own" for over 2 years.

Because my parents were securely upper middle class, I qualified for exactly squat in the way of need based financial aid. And unfortunately my HS grades didn't shape up in time to get any actual scholarships.

Luckily I managed to figure out that whole "good grades are important" thing at some point though, and am somewhat indifferent in reporting that I am now on the president's honor roll.

Whatever. I just want my degree already.

RJ - super-duper senior
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