Federal Aid for Students “Without Need” | 03.16.10

Posted in FAFSA, Financial Aid By Evan Jacobs

In my experience as a former college student, and seeing the individual cases of friends and peers going through the financial aid process, I saw that in some cases, the FAFSA doesn’t always tell a clear picture of a student’s financial situation. Often, parents’ income will dilute the amount of aid that a student would otherwise receive toward their education, regardless of the fact that the parents’ money may or may not be used to pay for their child’s schooling.

As a personal example, my parents owned a small business which technically makes a good amount of money on paper, but the reality is the net income is far less. Between paying salaries, benefits, building rent and fees, and other related costs, the profit was very slim compared to the revenue. Thus, when I would file my FAFSA each year, it would look like my family could afford a lot more than the reality of the situation.

Even if your family technically makes too much money, there are still two sources of federal financial aid that can be used toward your education: the unsubsidized Stafford loan and the Parent PLUS loan. If you have not read my blogs on federal Stafford loans or Parent PLUS loans, I recommend doing so because they contain a lot of useful information about the interest rates and other considerations.

In addition, I recommend pursuing scholarships and grants. StudentScholarshipSearch.com and ScholarshipPoints.com are excellent resources to find money for school that do not need to be paid back. Further, most of the scholarships are need-blind, meaning you don’t have to demonstrate financial need to qualify for them. After these methods, if you still have costs left over that need to be covered, you should consider a private student loan.

If you are in the situation of worrying about how to pay for school because of parental income throwing off your FAFSA, don’t stress yourself out too much. As listed above, there are a lot of different sources of funding for your education. I went through all four years of college working part-time and diligently planning out my financial aid to make sure I would be able to cover everything; it’s not easy, but getting financial aid “without need” is entirely doable.

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40 Responses to “Federal Aid for Students “Without Need””

  1. Abhishek says on June 2, 2011 at 2:16 am:

    Thank you for the valuable information. A very nice read indeed. There are a lot of students who suffer because of the FAFSA status issue.

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  2. vehby says on March 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm:

    The information was very helpful giving me information on my site about it thank you for everything

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  3. sue says on June 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm:

    thank you

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  4. Fitz says on May 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm:

    Good article, just the information I needed to see.

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  5. Jessica Leigh says on May 14, 2010 at 5:39 pm:

    It took forever to become independent by FAFSA status–and I have been on my own since age 18 years. Loca rules discriminate based on age. Here is a new avenue to try to scrape money for my education.

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  6. Milika says on May 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm:

    I thought that this was very useful info, showing me some tips.

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  7. Timothy Bethune says on May 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm:

    Thank you for the helpful information

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  8. Andrea says on May 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm:

    I also feel the effect of no scholarship monies. And as for financial aid, my parents make too much money. (So they told me!!) Im limited to scholarship monies because certain scholarships require your attending a specific college or university.

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  9. kevin says on May 12, 2010 at 3:53 am:

    thanks for the tips, its a very good thing to know

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  10. Tammy says on May 11, 2010 at 4:25 am:

    Wow this is really helpful. I am in the same situation. Only my parents are both school nurses and work for a school district. On paper it seems as if my parents have enough to put me into college, but they have home owning expenses, bills to pay, my sister's in college and is very active when it comes to studying abroad. They can hardly afford my tuition. It stinks.

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