FAFSA Workshop Subs

Train short-term substitute teachers to deliver workshops teaching students how to fill out the FAFSA forms and DREAM Act applications

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At any moment in time, 10% of the teachers standing in front of US classrooms are substitute teachers.  While medium and longer term substitute positions require the skills of a classroom teacher, recruiting and training guest instructors to deliver specialized short-term content, such as workshops on how to fill out the FAFSA and the DREAM Act application, represents an opportunity to make the most of the time students spend with substitute teachers and provide engaging content for subs to deliver, while de-mystifying the college application process.

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This is essential for many of our students!  And what's even more important is training our students who are 18 and older to NOT include parent income. There is no reason for it. Adult students can and should be able to apply to schools without relying on their parents. They can take out their own loans, earn scholarships, and receive grants. Disclosing parent income assumes parents should pay. 18 year olds are adults and should not be expected to rely on parent income for anything. Most of our 18 year old students can't anyway. By revealing parent income, students are forced to take private, costly loans.  Until our federal government removes caps from loans or makes state schools free, we need to help teach young people how to negotiate education post 18 without parents.

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Excellent point Norka!! 

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Norka Padilla Do you know anything more about how a student goes about not including their parents' income - do they have to be legally emancipated?

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I have one son who successfully declared independence after his second year in college. No additional information was needed. He rented his own house, filed his own taxes, worked part time, and I did not declare him on taxes. I have another son who declared independence after his first year in college in London, but still had to file with Fafsa.  His university has to verify his independence. He had all of the documentation that he was on his own with  no parental help- his own lease, job, independent tax return and I did not declare him on my taxes. The university said he had to be either homeless or abused with proof from clergy or social worker. The irony is he is really on his own, an unaccompanied young adult and the decision was made by a clerk in a university office. I am encouraging my son to appeal.  There is no reason anyone over 18 should have to rely on or disclose their parents income. Banks are forcing students toward private, expensive loans requiring co-signing.

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Totally fascinating - thanks!

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