a reply to: charolais
ETA this response was for OP, don't know why it targeted charolais.
I was denied the grant when I was 18 because my mother made over $80,000 a year. I had a 3.8 GPA, had 10 years combined foreign language credits
(Latin, French, Spanish), had a Regents high school diploma, and had a job. (Neglecting the fact that I slept in school and didn't show up half the
time - to the point that when they sent a letter to my dad saying I couldn't miss more than 20 more days or I would fail, I literally scheduled my 19
free days off in arrogance considering that's how I chose to interpret the letter...).
I did pay for my community college tuition, but because it felt like I was back in Kindergarten, I dropped out and decided that I was better at
figuring things out without wasting my time and money for a lack of real education in the name of a piece of paper. If my goal was to be a Medical
Doctor, I might have suffered it, though.
But, you are wrong. You can be denied the grant and have parents who make enough money to help and yet refuse to.
I'm now the same age as my mom was at the time (young mother who Did qualify for the grant, and got her Computer Programming degree for free while my
dad and his family gave her cars which she wrecked, gas, food.... but she did it "all by myself"...)
And now I know that she was selfish, acting like it was a lesson. It was a lesson at any rate. And frankly, if I found out university was too slow
for me, I might have left anyway.
My goal for my kids is to pay for their college to a university which actually teaches, or for investment money into the business of their choice,
whichever route they go.
That all to shed light on a situation that you haven't considered, OP.
edit on 4/21/2016 by TarzanBeta because: (no reason given)