I'm not sure whether to put this in the FA forum or here, but I think I might get better responses here.
My parents are separated (not divorced), and I live with my mother; however, my mother is wholly unwilling to speak with me about finances because she thinks that I'll get full aid at *any* school that I apply to, even if I were planning on applying to Yale (note: I have a 1350/2040 SAT at the moment...), and that our financial situation is essentially none of my business. My father also doesn't want to talk about it, but I know that he will if I explain why I need to know.
Combined, my parents probably make over $100k, but under $200k. My mother isn't willing to pay anything ("maybe a couple textbooks if I have to, but that's about it"), and my father is willing to pay as much as he can, but, even though he makes more than my mother, he won't be able to pay much.
What do I do? I'm currently a junior, and it's difficult to carry on my college search when I don't know what schools to look at due to funds; I'm trying to be realistic and not set myself up for disappointment. I'm doing this all on my own as well.