My parent's aren't making it easy for me to fill out FAFSA correctly. For starters I'm 20 and haven't been claimed by either since i was 17.
I've tried to use my fathers information for the last two years at a community college but because he has income and yet does not file taxes, I always get verification forms that I'm unable to return correctly because he's, if you couldn't tell by the fact he doesn't file taxes, a little incompetent at getting paperwork together.
I'm applied for FAFSA at a new school this year and since I was never claimed by either parent and I'm currently on my own, but unable to file as dependent, I decided to try to use my mother's information, who has lacked income and a history of tax filing for 10 years. In fact, I don't even know how to get hold of her anymore. Haven't talked to her since I was 17. All I know is she is probably living off the money of a drug dealing boyfriend right now like she did throughout my high school career.
When I used her info for FAFSA I just put in zeros. I know I'll get a verification form for it. What I want to know is how should I be filling it out? Obviously I can't use the excuse of my dad being incapable of compiling paperwork together or my mom being an unheard from deadbeat. What kind of forms will I expect them to request? What do I do if I have zero access to any forms pertaining to her?
Thanks for any help. I'm afraid they'll look at my paperwork and somehow think I'm a fraud. I'm in a position that seems near impossible because of my parents. Dont' do this to your children.