I had to wait a year after graduating high school to go to college because my mom refused to fill out my fafsa and did not have the money to pay my tuition. She is a CNA and only makes about $10-12/hour. She won't tell me her exact pay but I know they don't make much. My dad is unemployed because he was laid off back in 2009 and has refused to work since. The year before last, I kept begging her and begging her and she would just scream at me and tell me to shut up. She was mad bc I was interrupting her stupid "Little House on the Prairie" show. I brought my laptop TO her and told her I would even type everything in if she would just answer the questions, but then she started throwing things at me and yelling more. Finally in July I got her to fill out my fafsa because I started crying about how I didn't want to live in an RV or a trailer like we do now, for the rest of my life. (we have had to live in an RV before, without propane, in the middle of winter and it sucked). Anyways, she did do it but she had waited so long that I only received $600/semester and had to take out loans in my name for the rest. I was not eligible for any parent-student loans because my parents do not meet the credit score requirement. Once again, this year she refused to fill out the fafsa for me and my little sister who just graduated high school and wants to go to college. I moved out in february of this year and have lived with my boyfriend and a roommate since then. I went to back to school at a community college this fall and have paid my tuition myself. But it really is hard trying to keep up with classwork, make good grades, and make sure I have enough hours clocked at work to keep up with my installment payments, rent, groceries, amennities, etc. I talked to her about filling out the fafsa again last night and the same results as always. She just gets irritated and says she doesn't want to talk about it, and that she isn't going to file her taxes until april anyways bc she has a "secret" reason for filing late that she won't tell me about. I know she is just making stuff up so she can hold off on not filing the fafsa for me and my sister until april, and then she will have another excuse. I turn 21 this january, but fafsa won't recognize me as an independent until I am 24. I also worry about how my sister will go to school. I talked to the financial aid office at my school about getting a dependency override but the form says I have to be married, have a child, or prove that my parents abuse me. I don't meet any of those requirements. Except my mom could be deemed abusive, but I will never file a report on her. Besides, it doesn't matter now since I don't live with her. Any suggestions?