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Is it wrong that I filed for a FASFA?

Asked by FlutherMeNot (7 points ) March 30th, 2011

My family is not the richest, however when I was young my grandparents set up a college fund for me. I do have enough money to attend a state school for four years, rent included. I do however have a job and try to pay my rent, car, and expenses by myself in order to not use all of this money. It has been getting harder to do so, so I recently filed a FASFA. By no means did I lie at all on the application, however I was granted a Pell-Grant of a few thousand dollars. My mother says that I should have not filed for the FASFA and should have left it for someone else, as she has a hatred toward those who use government programs. I however legally qualified for it, have been getting great grades in college, and have not filed for the past two years of my school career (I could have, but simply didn’t).

Is it wrong that I applied for FASFA
Would you compare this to getting food stamps? I most likely qualify for them, but don’t feel I need them so don’t get them.

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TexasDude's avatar

Everyone who is attending school should file a FAFSA. That’s what it’s there for.

marinelife's avatar

No, it is not wrong that you got the grant.

ETpro's avatar

If you filled out a FASFA, that may have been wrong. But you are supposed to file a FAFSA whether you are requesting aid or not.

KateTheGreat's avatar

It’s definitely not a problem at all! The more money you can get, the better off you’ll be.

klutzaroo's avatar

You should have filed one each year you attended college. If you filled it in correctly (without lying) and got money from it and that means that you have extra money, you should use that as savings to get you started after school or for a down payment for a house. Pretend you spent it for school, “forget” its there, leave it alone. If it helps you get started and pay more taxes later to help educate more people… it comes back to those who need it.

global_nomad's avatar

You’re supposed to file the FAFSA regardless of finances. I file one every year even though I don’t ever qualify for anything. Doesn’t mean I won’t be paying back loans after college though!

klutzaroo's avatar

Btw, you didn’t file for a FASFA. You filed a FASFA as a part of the paperwork you’re supposed to file. You don’t get anything just for filing other than being eligible for financial aid. If you got money, you applied for something else.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

No. The FAFSA is just paperwork, it’s the aid that you should be concerned about. But don’t be concerned about those either – by going to school, you’re improving yourself, which will help you get a better job and make more money, thus being a bigger boost to our economy. It’s in our best interest to help you be the best future worker you can be. If an extra few thousand dollars is what it takes for you to get the most out of college, then why should that be a problem?

BBSDTfamily's avatar

No you weren’t wrong, and don’t feel bad about it. Every single student needs to apply for FAFSA. Use your college fund money for something else to better your future, such as a down payment on a house or a reliable car, etc.

MrItty's avatar

FAFSA is the Free APPLICATION for Federal Student Aid. You didn’t take anything that wasn’t yours. You simply applied for something. It was the government’s decision that you are deserving of the grant money. There is nothing wrong with taking something you’re deserving of.

answerjill's avatar

I don’t see a problem with it, as long as you were honest and did your best to be accurate when filling it out.

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