So it's almost that time of year where people must begin to fill out the FAFSA... I'm hoping somebody knows a little bit about my question: Right now I'm out of school and not working. Normally my family claims me on their tax returns. But now I'm not sure if I should let them do that or file on my own. Does anyone know which would be the best way to get some type of financial aid? I'm not even sure if I can file on my own without any proof of an income (I do little side jobs like babysitting here and there or tutoring) Does it matter if I file on my own or if my parents still claim me as a dependent? Thanks for any advice!