FAFSA Appeal Advice

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FAFSA Appeal Advice

Postby gbo7793 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:29 pm

I have a very complicated situation with my FAFSA appeal. I started college last year and didn't do very well my first two semesters, with FAFSA. I took two summer classes (that we paid for out of pocket) and did fine in one but didn't participate in the other. Now 1st semester this year I had my FAFSA taken away because of poor performance and we had to take out a loan to pay for school this semester. I thought I could succeed this semester but I am only doing exceptionally in one of my classes, and ok or subpar in the others (when I need to be outstanding/exceptional in all my classes to earn my FAFSA back)

The reason my situation is complicated is because of the reasons I haven't been doing well in school. (I attend a great community college) I love learning and I want a lucrative career but I have been struggling with very serious depression since I can remember. I have been diagnosed or recommended medications multiple times but my mother does not believe in depression, therapy or medication. She has punished me and reacted violently in the past for being diagnosed or offered a prescription and while living under her roof I have been terrified to try to seek help on my own. I have been on the verge of suicide multiple times and had a habit of self harming in the past. Now I am living in an apartment (with a lot of financial help from my parents, though I work two jobs/full time in the summer) but the reason I haven't been doing well in school has been my severe depression, family issues, and recovering from my own sexually and emotionally abusive relationship and the consequences of witnessing my mother's physically abusive relationship. I know I have gone three semesters of messing up but I feel that I am on the right track to getting myself help (I am attending a support group and about to start seeing a therapist) and I would like to continue my schooling but cannot continue another semester without the aid of FAFSA. I can probably hunt down one of the therapists that diagnosed me in the past to get a letter from them, but is there anything I can do to get my FAFSA back for second semester?
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