I guess I wouldn't go so far to say that my parents are rich. They have money, but they also have a lot of things that cost money as well. For a little background, I didn't do well in high school because my mother had cancer and my parents are divorced and my boyfriend died in a plane crash, so I was pretty stressed and didn't get diddly-squat done. I'm dealing with the residual effects of the stresses my family has put on me as well and I have no clue how I'm going to pay for school. I don't qualify for financial aid anymore because my mother passed away freshman year.
I qualified for a transfer scholarship to the university I'm going to but it's only 750$ out of the 6k$ it costs a semester. I recently got into a sorority and I feel like that is something that is going to help me open doors in the long run, however, my Dad doesn't agree with it. He thinks I'm just paying for friends, which is NOT what sororities are about. He just doesn't understand what it means for me emotionally and what it will do for me in the long run. And a sorority only costs 2% of your college tuition on average so I've got more to gain than I have to lose.
Anyway, my dad is dumping all of the responsibility to pay for college on me. I make MAX 20k a year (and that's good for just turning 20) while he makes around 100-200k a year. It's extremely unfair that he's basically forcing me to go to school but won't pay for the little bit leftover from loans ( or that I even have to take loans out at all). He literally told me (while filling out the FAFSA) that he had 20k in his bank account. And it's frustrating that he's acting like he won't help me next semester or that I can somehow afford to pay for school myself with the magic money tree I'm growing. I have things I have to pay for, like my apartment, food, clothes (even though I haven't bought clothes in two years), sorority dues now, gas, among other things. The whole point of being DEPENDENT and filing under him in taxes is because I'm dependent on him to go to school, or live. My whole life my parents have been selfish saying that I can't ever have anything nicer than what they have and that I have to make my own money to use it. That's great to teach your kids how to be responsible but they're making me suffer. I don't have time to apply to 30 scholarships a day when I work full time (For my dad btw), and go to school full time, and participate in sorority things. I don't know if it's just me, but literally, all of my friends are babied by their parents. They don't have to have jobs, they don't pay for their apartments, they don't have to pay for school. I tell my dad this to try to get him to see from my perspective but he's just a dick with ears about it. I make A's and B's in my classes but out of the 60 hours I've taken, the two C's I made dropped my GPA to a 3.3 disqualifying me for a crap-load of scholarships.
Sorry for a rant but how am I supposed to handle this situation? I don't think I'm the one being selfish, and it's his money he earned through hard work. He had the luxury of just working over the summer and paying for school that way, but his tuition was only 500$, mine is 6,000$. There's no way I'm making that in two months. What am I supposed to say to him? How am I supposed to handle the government telling me my parents will pay when they won't? WHAT DO I DO???????? ToT