"Extenuating Circumstances" on the FAFSA

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"Extenuating Circumstances" on the FAFSA

Postby romelako » Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:13 pm

Hello everyone @ FinancialAidForum. I just had a few questions regarding the "extenuating circumstances" on the FAFSA. I will not be talking about myself, but about my girlfriend, who is set to study in the Philippines for college (which is something that I don't want). Right now, I'm trying to explore her options and hopefully determine a way she can receive loans or get some sort of aid that will allow her to study at SDSU, which is the college that she applied to and got accepted to.

Her mother comes from the Philippines and works two jobs (one weekly and one bi-weekly). Her father is currently stationed in the Philippines as he is in the military and has no plans to move to the US. Her mother just recently applied for a loan modification for the house, but unfortunately got denied and my girlfriend's family may have to leave the house. So, as it stands, she has to pay for the mortgage, along with two car payments. This is not including all the other expenses of the household, food, water, gas, etc. Because of this, she cannot afford to pay for my girlfriend's college if she is to attend SDSU. Her plan was to send her off to the Philippines as it's much cheaper. My only concern is the distance between her and I, the "culture shock" that she is guaranteed to experience when she returns, and the level of education she will receive by going to the Philippines. Her mother is a nurse and her EFC is quite high, so she didn't receive the amount of money that's favorable for her going to college here in the United States.

So, my question is, what are her options as of now? She already completely the FAFSA and intents to enroll are due by may (for SDSU). Is there anything she can do at this point? Thanks in advanced.
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Re: "Extenuating Circumstances" on the FAFSA

Postby edvadmin » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:22 am

Hi there,

I am going to assume your girlfriend filed the FAFSA as a dependent. If this is the case, our recent blog Appealing your FAFSA Dependency Status may help. Just because a student does not get all of the aid they require, does not mean it's the end of the road.

Your girlfriend can also apply for a private student loan.

I hope this helps.
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