There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors—such as the size of your family and your year in school—are taken into account.
How to pay for college without financial aid from the federal government
- Address your eligibility.
- Consider filing a financial aid suspension appeal.
- Apply for grants and scholarships.
- Take out private student loans.
- Work your way through college.
- Ask for help.
You might be able to claim yourself as an independent on taxes. The U.S. tax code makes it clear who can be claimed as a dependent, but it's a little less precise about when a dependent can voluntarily separate themselves from a taxpayer who's able to claim them.May 24, 2020
This is calculated by taking your expected family contribution (EFC), subtracting the cost of attendance (COA) at your chosen school, and looking at the difference. For the 2019–20 academic year, the maximum amount you can receive from a Pell Grant is $6,195.Apr 1, 2020
A student can't simply choose to file as an independent on the FAFSA, the application that most schools use to determine financial aid awards. For the most part, the FAFSA relies on parental information unless the student is applying for graduate school.May 2, 2016