FAFSA: Can I Fill Out the FAFSA Without My Parents’ Income?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we, as students, could qualify for need-based financial aid using the FAFSA form solely on our own salaries— without taking into consideration our parents’ incomes?

Recently, I received an email which states, “I am trying to help my daughter get into college. She is working and living on her own. Can she receive financial aid without her parents’ income?”

It would seem like if a student is living on her own, she would be able to qualify for need-based financial based solely on her own income, but that is not the case with the FAFSA form.

Receiving that email took me back a few years to when my very good friend was trying to enter college. She felt like her parents made too much money and she would not get any money if she filled out the FAFSA form so she asked me to help her figure out if she would be able to just use her own salary to qualify without using their salaries too.

After researching the FAFSA rules, we discovered five main things a young college student would have to possess in order to be able to just use their own income on the FAFSA form.

Unfortunately, at the time she was not one of those five things that would allow her to fill out the FAFSA form with only her information.

In the comments below, I would love to hear from you.

Would you be able to fill out the FAFSA form without using your parents’ income? If not, what else will you do to help you pay for your college education?

Thank you, as always, for watching and sharing.

Happy scholarship winning!

shanice miller scholarship specialist

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