Anonymous 6 Posted October 15, 2011 Share Posted October 15, 2011 My Army dreams have been put on hold, One way or another I would like to go back to school to finish my degree. The problem is, my parents make a decent chunk of change every year, and I am under the age of 24- in my state, you HAVE to mark yourself as a dependent unless you are in the armed forces, married, or have a child of your own until the end of your 24th year. I went through this problem when I was in college last, financial aid would hardly help me; When I went to go visit my parents, devastated that I wouldn't be able to afford to go to school, they felt that the fact that they did not save for me to go was their doing- so they helped pay the bill. This time around, my parents have made it VERY clear that they cannot afford to help me. My father just recently opened a new business, a retail selling and consigning firearms. Well his sales and revenues count as "income" on my fathers taxes, in addition to him making more money than I could ever dream of making, pretty much made financial aid hold me financial hostage to my parents. I know that my parents would LIKE to help me, but just starting a business that is less than 2 years old is expensive, everything that he makes out of it plus more gets reinvested into the business. I'm looking for the best way to go back to school, right now I feel that my only option is to get a private loan. Going through financial aid would put my payments at over 1000 per month, which for me paying rent etc. just isn't doable right now. Does anyone have any ideas, advise, prior experience, etc? Link to comment
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