This is somewhat going to be a rant but I need to tell some people that may be in my situation. I am a first generation college student on my dads side and first generation next to my cousins on my moms side. I live in one of the poorest states of the union. Over the past 3 years I have been in pursuit of an accounting degree. My freshman year I messed up and came out with a 2.0 Gpa barely. I went away to school for my first year and thought that going out with my friends was more important, but that year I found out more outside of class than in, and I wouldnt trade anything for it. For my first year of school I was doing really good I got all but about $350 pd for plus books I did have loans my first year. I can attribute my great aid package to my dad being on unemployment for 10 months the previous year which my fafsa was based on, and my mom makes next to nothing anyway. The second year I had to stay home bc even with the aid I owed 3700 each semester for school, so I stayed at home and went to a community college and paid about the same as I did the first year. The second year I got it all paid for including partial books. My GPA at the current school has been a 3.0 or better every semester. Now I am applying to a major university in my town, I got in but I got the financial aid letter and they are only going to give me loans for about half the cost I will still owe 3G if tution goes up as expected. Thats not even for room and board just regular old tution not books. While I have been at home I have had to work because my parents are not in the best of financial situations, I work part time 25 hrs a week, but still hold a full sched avg 15 hrs a semster. But becuase of this I get screwed out of financial aid. I have been so fed up with the system becuase I cant just claim myself on my fafsa becuase I am not 23 married and have kids, I have to claim my parents too. They didnt claim me on their taxes this year, so I could do this and I cant. I pay my own college bills, the only reason I live at home is because I cant afford to live anywhere else. I have had financial aid officers even tell me to get married or pop out a couple kids and I would be better off aid wise. To me this sounds a completely ass backwards process. I should want to get my education before I to do the rest. I feel like im being condemed becuase I am not and not willing to do that. Ive even had some of my friends just get married becuase it will help them financially in school and becuase they "love" each other. Ive tried the scholarship route to no avial. Im at a loss for what to do, other than to loan my life away.