My parents are refusing to complete my FAFSA. What can I do?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Financial advisor Brad Barnett discusses what to do if your parents are refusing to complete your FAFSA.

    Brad Barnett

    Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.  He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health.  He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University.  Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees.  In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.”  Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college.  He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.

    Host: My parents are refusing to complete my FAFSA. What can I do?

    Brad Barnett: This is a tough situation; we see this every year. Some parents just don t want to put their information on the FAFSA. Now, if they are supposed to, based on the way you answer the question, so you are dependent student, then they have to be there. So, if they won t fill that out, talk to your Financial Aid Officer. At times we can speak to your parents on your behalf; explain to them why it's needed and often times they ll submit the information on the FAFSA once we have had that discussion; but if they still won t, they need to explain to us the reason, why. In some situations we can override this request, requirement for your parent s information, but they are very special circumstances. So, talk to your Financial Aid Officer, explain to them what s going on and we ll be happy to help you out best we can.