Okay, so this is my first year in college, and I've been living away from my father since roughly around 2/3 of the way through my senior year in HS. Now I'm finishing up my first semester of college, and am living with my best friend and his mom for the majority of the week, and staying with my GF the rest of the time.
My father doesn't want to help pay for college, but I still had to put his financial info on my FAFSA, which sucked, cause he made like 70,000 dollars that year, leaving my with an unusably high EFC.
Since I don't live with him, how do I go about separating myself from him, in the sense that I don't have to put his info on my FAFSA? I'm 18, btw. I read somewhere that I have to keep putting his info on there til I'm 26? That seems a little ridiculous, as he doesn't really financially support me in any way, shape, or form (minus the occasional holiday check).
Would I be able to put my friends mom on there? She makes considerably less money then my dad, so it would be a godsend if I could--but alas, I'm not sure if I can. She definitely supports me more than he does; she pays the bills, buys the food, and lets me stay here for free.