I’m a rising college freshman, and during the past year, after I had submitted all my college applications already, one day my parents suddenly announced that they won’t pay for any of my college expenses. They are extremely wealthy (EFC above 200k) so I didn’t get any need-based aid. This left me with no choice but to go to a school that gives full rides to national merit finalists. I am wondering if it would be possible for me to transfer to a different school after one or two years and get a full need based ride there. I know for that I’d need to file the FAFSA as an independent. Would that be possible? If so, what would I have to do to become an independent?
Edit: to be clear, I’m currently planning to stay at my full ride school for all four years, I just want to know if transferring would be an option