I'm with you. So I had to drop out of college my sophomore year, save up money for two years and transfer to a much smaller school. The system does not set us up to succeed.
Say that! You can have supportive parents with out being bratty or entitled. I wish I would have had the support network that you have. Not every family considers it a "team effort" and you know that and are appreciative of that. That's what is important!
People think it is one extreme or the other. Either you are a spoiled brat and your parents pay for everything, or you have terrible parents who don't help you with anything. What they don't understand - and what the FAFSA doesn't understand - is that you can have a balance of both. Your parents can support you in ways that still encourage you to be independent and take care of yourself.
So do what you do! Be appreciative and take advantage of the support that is offered. Don't ever feel guilty about it. One day you'll graduate and become a good proud momma too. :-)
I agree with Rison that it is possible to do. Not every parent can help their child with college financially. But I think the parent helping in this story wasn't necessarily just helping financially. She is also helping her daughter look for other financial aid opportunities.
I'm with you. The FAFSA doesn't necessarily set students up to be independent, in any sense of the word. It automatically assumes that because of your age, your parents are helping. Not all of us are that lucky. Not every parent can help, and unfortunately, not every parent is willing to help. Maybe if I would have got some help, I wouldn't be in debt in student loans for the rest of my life. :-)
Furthermore, it was mentioned that these students "are grown" and should have to pay for it on their own. I understand why people say that. However, realistically, is an 18 year old really a "grown adult." Definitely not. You can't throw a teenager out into the world and automatically expect them to be an adult. Then our generation is criticized for being irresponsible, in addition to "entitled."
A lot of people don't know this, but when you complete a FAFSA, you have to declare your parents income. Unless you are married, have a child, disabled, over a certain age, etc, you are considered a dependent according to FAFSA guidelines and you must claim your parents income, even if you support yourself. This factors in to how much you can receive in loans and grants. Furthermore, it is quite an assumption that if a parent helps finance a student's education, then the student did not do anything to help, and he or she must feel entitled.
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