• SDN Site Updates

    Hey everyone! The site will be down for approximately 2 hours on Thursday, August 5th for site updates.

str8flexed

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Sep 11, 2005
316
1
35
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
I'm going to med school next year. Filling out FAFSAs for next year, plan on taking some Stafford loans (taking out max amount of subsidized). I can technically be labeled as "independent" since I'll be in a graduate level program, and it says filling out my parental tax info is optional. Should I do this? Why/why not?

Thanks!
 

melast

New Member
10+ Year Member
Aug 14, 2006
94
0
Killadelphia
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
It depends more on the school you plan to attend then what the FAFSA folks think your status is. I filed twice - once with parental info (for the schools which require it) and once without (for the others). Both ways my estimated family contribution was **exactly the same**. So since it looks like you don't gain or loose much from having that info down, just do what the school tells you.
 

Darksmurf

I'm the boy smurf
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Aug 30, 2006
403
4
Status (Visible)
Many schools require you to list your parental info to be considered for 'institutional aid', that is, aid from the school as opposed to the government.

Check with the school or schools you are interested in attending.
 
About the Ads

ericana_83

Full Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Nov 7, 2006
62
1
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
As a poor graduate student you are considered INDEPENDENT for the matters of FAFSA, and they assume that you will get no money from your parents.
However, some schools use your parents' info to determine if you are eligible for need-based scholarships or other scholarships through the SCHOOL.

Putting your parents' info on your app can ONLY help you. For the purposes of loans, etc. you are STILL considered independent.
 

bbabul01

Full Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Aug 5, 2006
412
0
Boston
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
Both ways my estimated family contribution was **exactly the same**. So since it looks like you don't gain or loose much from having that info down, just do what the school tells you.

^^^ it was exactly the same because the FAFSA considers you independent whether you put your parents info down or not. Didn't you find it a bit odd that even though your parents make X amount of money, your EFC was still like $8k?

Parents info is based on what the school needs. But as mentioned, it can't hurt you. If your parents make too much, they'll just look at your info. If you just put your info, they'll just look at your info. Either way, you'll get crap for financial aid. If your parents don't make much, you might qualify for some institutional help, which occasionally means FREE money.
 

Doctor~Detroit

this poll sux!!!
10+ Year Member
May 9, 2006
1,422
6
Status (Visible)
It depends more on the school you plan to attend then what the FAFSA folks think your status is. I filed twice - once with parental info (for the schools which require it) and once without (for the others). Both ways my estimated family contribution was **exactly the same**. So since it looks like you don't gain or loose much from having that info down, just do what the school tells you.

how exactly did you file twice? did you have to fill out a correction form or something?
 

TMP-SMX

Senior Member
Moderator Emeritus
15+ Year Member
Jun 12, 2006
3,839
183
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
how exactly did you file twice? did you have to fill out a correction form or something?

I saw a post a couple weeks ago where someone called the people at FAFSA and they said that if you do another app they will send it to all of the schools you ever put down for the year you want aid for.

And put your parental information down. It can only help you.
 

Doctor~Detroit

this poll sux!!!
10+ Year Member
May 9, 2006
1,422
6
Status (Visible)
I saw a post a couple weeks ago where someone called the people at FAFSA and they said that if you do another app they will send it to all of the schools you ever put down for the year you want aid for.

And put your parental information down. It can only help you.

actually, it *could* hurt me. because of age, i qualify to *not* provide parental information at one school and still receive institutional scholarships. giving them parental information on the fafsa anyway, because other schools require it, could conceivably put me at a disadvantage at that school if they decide they don't want to ignore it.
 

TMP-SMX

Senior Member
Moderator Emeritus
15+ Year Member
Jun 12, 2006
3,839
183
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
actually, it *could* hurt me. because of age, i qualify to *not* provide parental information at one school and still receive institutional scholarships. giving them parental information on the fafsa anyway, because other schools require it, could conceivably put me at a disadvantage at that school if they decide they don't want to ignore it.

For the majority of applicants parental information should be added. For you it would be best to decide which school you want to go to and get the scholarships for. You can't have it both ways.
 

VanillaBeans

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 18, 2007
41
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
What if you are pretty darn sure that your parents info won't help you to qualify for institutional aid? Should I still make them fill it out?
 

LifetimeDoc

EM Attending
10+ Year Member
Apr 30, 2006
2,845
61
USA
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Being that my parents divorced before I was 1 year old and that my father hasn't spoken to me nor seen me in over 30 years, will I be screwed out of institutional scholarships/ funds sine I cannot obtain his information? My EEC with at mom is 00000. :confused:
 

TMP-SMX

Senior Member
Moderator Emeritus
15+ Year Member
Jun 12, 2006
3,839
183
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Being that my parents divorced before I was 1 year old and that my father hasn't spoken to me nor seen me in over 30 years, will I be screwed out of institutional scholarships/ funds sine I cannot obtain his information? My EEC with at mom is 00000. :confused:

In that case I'm pretty sure you fill one or the other. I think it says something about that on the instructions. Call the people.
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 14 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.