the 9500 is towards my educational expenses i.e. out of the 68,000 dollars it costs for many private schools, I can pay 9500.
It says " How much does the student expect to receive from the following sources to pay for educational expenses "
Emergency expenses and personal expenses are not included imo
Again....the amount you SAY you can pay has absolutely NO impact on the amount the school will calculate they expect you to pay.
In my opinion, just be honest. If your parents can contribute $8000, put that. Really...the colleges do NOT use this number to calculate your need based aid...at all.