Paying for College

Financial Help When Parents CAN Pay for College but WON'T

Question: I am a sophomore in high school and a very competitive student. When I graduate, I plan to attend a very competitive school for pre-med. However my parents have just told me that they are not willing to pay for my college education. The problem is that they make plenty of money, and I highly doubt I could get any financial aid from most schools. I really want to avoid taking any loans to pay for school, if possible, but I don't know how else I could afford school. Is there a way that I can declare myself independent or indicate that I will be paying for school entirely on my own? Do you have any advice for someone in this situation? Thanks in advance for your help!

Unfortunately, college admission and financial aid offers have little sympathy for students in your situation. Well, let's put it this way … they may feel sad for you, but they won't make it up to you by providing independent student status.

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