Parents won't let me do FAFSA at all? (and other related issues)
I have multiple issues with applying to college but I guess financial aid and money is what links them altogether. I'm 16 and I'm graduating early in June 2018, and I'm planning on going to college.
I really wanted to go to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) but I'd have to pay out of state tuition and fees since I live in Texas. I really liked UNR because it housed minors, and it offered the English major and creative writing focus I've always wanted.
But then my parents are like, "no you have to stay in state since you'll only be 17" ugh.
So I accept it, and I start looking into a college, Texas State University in San Marcos. But then they're like "oh thats too expensive" so now they're looking at other ones, that are further than the one to us in San Marcos, but still in Texas.
What pushes me off the edge is that they said they wanted me close due to 'safety issues'.....but why look at a college that's in Texas if it's 5-8 hours away? I don't understand.
Even before in-state was in the conversation I would mention to them about financial aid and such but they said they don't want to owe anything. So I'm kind of stuck since they don't even tell me how much they make a year, and I'm pretty sure from what I've read that it's easier to get grants and stuff when you have the FAFSA filled out? I don't know.
I thought me graduating early was supposed to be an accomplishment, but now it's feeling more like a punishment because;
1. I can't go out of state like I wanted
2. I can't even apply for financial aid
3. I finally know what I want to do yet I am basically limited on everything
4. A "gap year" isn't an option (even though I probably wouldn't do this in the first place)
(I also don't want to go anywhere that's too conservative. I'm a minority as is, I don't want to be a target, which is why I thought Houston, San Marcos, El Paso were good choices)
and I obviously can't afford it, I barely make $300ish bucks a month, and half of that goes to the car insurance. Ugh. Has anyone been here or can advise me on what to do? (Community college/staying at home until 18 is NOT an option. I have too much personal issues with my parents to list here, and that was the main reason on graduating a year early. There's a university near my house but that's too close where they'd make me live with them.)
Thank you to anyone who can give advice or something, it'll help me in some way.