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Verification form and no contact with parents
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.