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Ilegal Parents and FAFSA

BezzuzBezzuz 14 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
what has been your experience
edited August 23
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids 84004 replies1012 threadsForum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Forum Champion
    Are you asking for your own situation?

    I believe that the parents put all zeroes in for the social security numbers and put in their income. I believe that they have to print out the FAFSA and hand sign it and send it in.

    Have the parents been filing taxes so far?
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  • thumper1thumper1 74205 replies3245 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Bezzuz

    What is your question? Are you a U.S. citizen student with undocumented parent’s?

    What exactly do you want to know?
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 29210 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    As @mom2collegekids said in her post, and expounding on it, yes, if you are an American citizen or green card holder, you are eligible to complete FAFSA and get possible aid from sources that use it even if your parents are not US citizens or permanent residents. If they have no social security numbers, zeros are used in its place

    There might come a problem with verification of their income if they have not filed US taxes returns. They may have to get verification that such returns were not filed and to get that from the IRS, ITIN need to be applied for and used. Also, some sort of verification of the financial information used on FAFSA may be needed—up to the college.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41727 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Only one post and not sure the child of undocumented parents would use the term "illegal".
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  • sybbie719sybbie719 20718 replies1996 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    Your previous posts state that you are a transfer student. How has you gotten financial aid in the past?
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  • bonusoceansbonusoceans 33 replies13 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hey OP, my parents are undocumented, so I could give a little insight, although I'm not sure what you're specifically asking.

    As someone else stated, the only difference in filling out the FAFSA is you have to have your parent hand-sign it then mail it, and tye all 0s in SS #.

    You should still be receiving the same grants and loans, but your parents will not be eligible to take out the PLUS loan. If you need that extra money, then you can take it out yourself as an extra unsubsidized loan.
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  • thumper1thumper1 74205 replies3245 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    your parents will not be eligible to take out the PLUS loan. If you need that extra money, then you can take it out yourself as an extra unsubsidized loan.


    @bonusoceans no this is not accurate. The Parent Plus Loan available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents is for up to the cost of attendance.

    This student would get an additional $4000 in Direct Loan money if his parents were denied a Plus (and they would be because only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for it).

    $4000 additional could be VERY much less than the full cost of attendance balance a student needs to attend college.
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