How am I going to pay for my credential program?
March 19, 2011 10:37 AM Subscribe
How do I claim myself as an independent on the FAFSA when I am completely independent, going for a teaching credential, 22 years old, or how else can I fund my schooling?
posted by Peregrin5 to education (15 answers total)
I'm applying for a teaching credential program. I'm 22 years old, live on my own with my boyfriend and support myself with my job at Safeway in which I make barely above minimum wage.
My parents are fundamentalist Christians, and I'm gay, so it didn't quite pan out when I decided that I didn't want to hide my relationship with my boyfriend anymore. I left for my own psychological health and thus cut off any contact and financial help I've received from them.
I have a B.S. in Anthropology, so I thought that going for any other degree, even if it is just a credential would constitute an advanced degree of some sort, but apparently, as the school recently notified me, a teaching credential is regarded as a 5th year undergraduate degree for 'financial aid' purposes, and would like me to amend it with my parents information.
Not only would I not be able to contact them, but even if I could, I doubt they'd be able to help me. They are also wealthy, and last time I applied for FAFSA I got nothing, because my dad is a lawyer who makes 200K+ a year.
What kind of options could I use to fund my schooling? Preferably something without the need for a cosigner, since I don't really have one.