Hi, I’m a senior and high school who will be an undergrad this upcoming Fall at a nearby community college.
Regarding my FAFSA, my EFC is $0 and my PELL Grant estimate is ~6K a year. Split up over the course of 2 semesters, I’ll be getting ~1.5K a disbursement due to the community college offering free tuition through a program.
My dad’s girlfrend of ~10+ years is the only one working and mentioned that she wants some of my refund. For insight, she is a Director of Nursing as an LVN and makes ~4K twice a month. We’re not really struggling to make ends meet, but maybe 3 times a year we’re unable to pay something like the AT&T or gas bill.
My question is: Should I comply and give her money? Should I refuse? I see it as it’s mine and this could be the only chance in my life where I’m receiving generally free money that I can use towards school supplies, future investments, and being able to enjoy some things that I won’t be able to for awhile.
What would you do?