I'm in my first year of college at a large university that I've been absolutely determined to go to and do well at.
Since I am not living on campus, the tuition is about 9,000 a year. I got NO help from the government because my father is a doctor. He isn't helping me pay for any of my college, though. I had to take out a surplus of loans just for the first year.
My mother has A LOT of medical bills from private psychiatric institutions she has been in that need to be paid off. Other than that, my father says he has ran in to even more financial trouble, and has had to go back to his job from a break even though he has developed Leukemia.
I know he really can't help me right now, so I just stopped asking. Between his bills and my mother's, I know I'm just being more of a burden. The government looks at it like "oh, your father is a doctor, you need no aid", but that is the farthest thing from the truth!
I couldn't pay for the room and board all at once, so I took the slightly cheaper route and got a little run-down apartment. Even so, just to pay for my monthly rent, utilities, gas, and the other bills I have to pay for, I work two jobs for a total of 50+ hours a week. I'm taking 16 hours of school this semester, and my grades are right now 2 A's, a B, and a C. I wish so bad that I could just focus on school. I literally have NO time to study whatsoever! I try to wake up around 5am to study before my classes, but that is about the only time.
I would give my right arm to just be able to focus on school. Literally, chop it off and give it to someone.
I want so bad to do well in school so I can get in to medical school and become a Psychiatrist to help people with conditions like my mother's.
Is there any way I can get ANY more money through financial aid of ANY kind other than just unsubsidized loans?????
I know it is really hopeless, but I just need any little hint of hope or idea and I will try my hardest.
I looked at the federal aid website about being an independent when filing, but none of them apply to me.
I'm not in foster care or anything, so I guess I can't do that...
They kinda screw you over if you can't get your parents info, I think. It pretty much says "well, if you can't get it, then you can't get any aid. Sorry" I just hate that!!
My dad pays for my cell phone bill still (probably changing soon...) and the insurance for my car is in his name, even though I pay for it.
Those are the only things. Everything else is me. I'm only 18, so I'm not old enough to file as dependent, either.
If ANYONE has ANY ideas, please tell me so I can maybe pay for next year better!!!!
I know it is pretty hopeless, but I will not give up my dreams! If I have to take less hours, work more, never sleep, whatever! I want to be a psychiatrist and help people, but I just wish I had some help! I'm so scared I won't get into medical school if my grades are like this!!!
Thank you so much.