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ennifer_jay 25th-Dec-2012 10:09 am (UTC)
My senior year of high school I was 17, so when I filed the FAFSA as independent (because I'm an orphan), there was no challenge. In my first year of college, I was 18 when I filed the FAFSA, once again as an independent. My independent status got revoked, since I was now above 18 and no longer technically an ~orphan~, and I had to re-prove it. My mom's dead, and I hadn't had contact with my dad for years by this point. The last contact I had with him was signing a document constructed by my aunt (who was a paralegal) that granted his mother/my grandmother custody of me, and an affadavit declaring that my grandmother was my primary caretaker. The "custody battle," for lack of a better word (because there was no real battle?), all took place out of court and with no real legal involvement.

Needless to say, that was a fun summer! I had to get two letters from professionals attesting to my situation (e.g. church members, high school guidance counselors, employers, etc.), my own letter explaining my situation, etc. I had to make copies of everything, fill out additional forms, etc. Plus, my mom had a different last name than me (she kept her maiden name), so that was an additional set of copies to prove that she was my mother. They also made me feel out a dependent form, which basically consisted of me writing "Not Applicable" over and over again (e.g. "What is your mother's income for 2007?")

tl;dr: FAFSA and financial aid offices are such a headache if you don't have a "traditional" family
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