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My parents made about 63k this year and FAFSA somehow decided that EFC should be around 17k - strange as that figure sounds. So my university is setting EFC at around 16k and gift aid says a big, unattractive, $0.00. This is a big dilemma for my parents, who believe they don't have the money to pay, considering their already bad financial standings and mortgage pressure.
Since university is giving me nothing in terms of grants or similar aid, my parents are now telling me just to sign up for classes and go sit in class until the university figures something out. Meanwhile they want to appeal the decision of EFC to lower it, and if the financial aid office accepts is, I might qualify for more aid.
I don't know if this is the right thing to do. I mean, is it possible to just go and sit in class before paying the fees somehow?