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Cassi Said,
September 21st, 2013 @10:18 am  

Regardless of if you live with your mother or not, you will not be considered independent until A) you’re over 24, or B) you get married, in which case you will have to provide your spouse’s information.

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Achelios Said,
September 21st, 2013 @11:00 am  

you can’t “label yourself as independent”
even if you are not a dependent per IRS, you will still be a dependent for FAFSA until you are over 24

FAFSA will show an exact date for 2012-2013 academic year it was: born before Jan, 1 1989

so for 2013-2014 it will say: born before Jan. 1, 1990

no, you can’t change your dependency status in mid-academic year

you can find a job that will not interfere with school…. for example, my bf works as an overnight security guard. He works 28 hours per week while in school 18 credit hours. Look for any job where you work over-night & then you don’t have to worry about scheduling… you just have to be very good at time management & working in time to sleep.

this is info on FAFSA dependent vs independent student: http://www.fafsa.com/understanding-fafsa/fafsa-dependency

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Supercell Said,
September 21st, 2013 @11:00 am  

You are complaining that your refund is small, but your classes are all paid for? Get a job if you want money. Financial aid is not intended to provide you with living expenses and certainly not to be used for your mother’s bills. Pretty much any retail job will work with a college student’s schedule. You just have to be up front with your availability from day one.

If you are truly living on $200 a month, you are likely already getting the maximum financial aid so, no, you will not get anything extra when you are independent vs dependent.

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