What if my parents do not want to submit their information for the FAFSA?

It's understandable that parents might feel uncomfortable about submitting financial information to the Department of Education or making their children aware of the family's financial standing. That said, the Department of Education requires parental information to assess the financial health of the family overall.

If you are a student, let your parents know that the information is being used by the Department of Education only for calculating how much financial aid you are eligible for. Filing a FAFSA does NOT automatically apply you or your parent(s) for student loans or other financial obligations. You may or may not be eligible for federal financial aid, but if you don't file a FAFSA, you definitely won't receive any.

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FAFSA Online's Step-by-step guide explains exactly what financial information will be required for students and parents. See: Parental Financial Information for FAFSA and Parental Tax Information for FAFSA. If you are a parent, in addition to federal aid, many schools, state financial aid offices, and even some scholarships and federal grants require a FAFSA on file, so withholding information required on the FAFSA could be costing both you and your child much more money than you may think.

If you are a parent, in addition to federal aid, many schools, state financial aid offices, and even some scholarships and grants require a FAFSA on file, so withholding information required on the FAFSA could be costing both you and your child much more money than you may think.

Finally, if you as a student are unable to obtain assistance from your parent(s), we always recommend scheduling an appointment with your school's financial aid office to speak with a financial aid counselor about your specific situation.

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