fun8stuff said:So my parents are divorced, but I live equally with both parents/ families. They split the costs for everything. Does anyone know what parent's income I should claim? Can I pick the smaller of the two?
ribbi_j said:anyone know? if so, I guess I should be bugging them to get on that.
akpete said:Does anyone know which schools do NOT require parental info, as I know that there are a few out there? Also, do I have this right? - Don't put parental info on the FAFSA, but it will be submitted to the med schools separately? I don't want to have to deal with my parents if I don't have to...they are in the middle of a nasty divorce, and, while my mom isn't a problem, my dad, aside from personality issues, always gets an extension and doesn't do his taxes until May (he's self-employed). Also, I list all schools I haven't been rejected at yet, right?
Sorry for all the questions. I'm totally lost in all this FAFSA stuff because my dad refused to file/give me info for all of my undergrad. I even tried to get a private student loan from the bank, but it had to go through the school, and the financial aid office wouldn't even look at my paperwork because no FAFSA had been filed. They basically told me too bad. So I just get really frustrated and worried when it comes to this money stuff. Thanks in advance guys!!
gomizzou said:It was mentioned earlier, but it seems there has been some conflicting information in this thread. As fas as I know, every medical school requires parental information. With divorced parents, some schools prefer the parents that you would go to in a crisis (Mich), while others require birth parents (Hopkins). You are not eligible for grants/scholarships if you do not provide this information, only loans. That would suck.
They make you give parental info. so that every college students can't say they only make a grand last year and are independent; it makes it possible for the schools to more fairly distribute the grant money that they have available. Now it sucks for people like me whose parents make enough money to prob. eliminate the chance or receiving a grant but who won't be contributing to med. school either. You can contact the individual schools if you have any questions, but his has been mentioned at more than one interview. Maybe you could provide this info. separately to the schools from FAFSA? I haven't done the FAFSA yet myself but thought that you could include parental info. and still mark yourself as independent????
gomizzou said:That's great if parental info. isn't necessary. The last schools I went to (Mich, Pitt, Hopkins) all specifically mentioned that they need parental info. for any grants, but not if you were only applying for loans. Maybe they meant just to provide the info. on the side, I really can't remember because all of the financial aid info. sessions seem to drag on about FAFSA and everything.
DrThom said:Schools will want parental information if you want to apply for grants and schlolarship provided by that institution.
OSUdoc08 said:none of the 19 schools I applied to wanted it
how many medical schools give out grants or need based-scholarships?
bbtbay said:Do we get the SAR by email or mail? I submitted my FAFSA last Saturday (1 week ago) and haven't gotten anything.
tinkerbelle said:Oh. I didn't know that we should cancel credit cards from stores Damn it. I have a million of them. Which credit bureau did you use to check your credit report?
jenna08 said:Hi! Okay I know that it was mentioned above that parental information does not needed to be included in the FAFSA. However when I clicked on the "Need Help with this page?" link when it came time to decide whether to include parental financial info, I found this message:
"For federal financial aid purposes, the student is required to provide parental information on the FAFSA if he or she is a dependent student or a graduate health profession student.
The student is considered a graduate health profession student if he or she is applying for federal student aid from graduate programs authorized under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. The student must give information about his or her parents, even if the student answered Yes to one of the questions above. If the student is unsure whether his or her course of study is considered a graduate health profession program, the student should contact the school's financial aid office. If the student's school requires parental information, the student must complete the parental portions of this application."
I'm hearing conflicting stories from different people and was wondering if it was just best to fill out the parental part anyways...does anyone else know what to do???? Thanks!