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Living Assistance For College Students

Tyler Said:

Is there assistance for homeless college students?

We Answered:

go to FAFSA.GOV, LOOK AT OF THE PROGRAMS THEY HAVE. one will suit you, which will include campus stay if your grades are up to par

Sally Said:

Is there any assistance for uninsured college students?

We Answered:

There is not that is exclusively for college students. There is some that is for anyone who is uninsured, including nonstudents, but some of it is only for those who either (a) are unemployed, or (b) cannot get other insurance, and not for those who have jobs that offer insurance but "have made the decision to not take it."

You have two options:

a. You might be able to get insurance through your college, or
b. You can get insurance on your own, as an individual.

Philip Said:

IS THERE ANY ASSISTANCE OUT THERE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO NEED ASSISTANCE RENT OR FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE?

We Answered:

Yes, you apply for federal financial aid at http://fafsa.ed.gov

Ida Said:

Rental Assistance for College Students?

We Answered:

Nope sorry. These are about your only options:

1. Beg from mom and dad
2. Take out student loans (you'd need a lot to live on for any extended period of time)
3. Work. Personally I like this option. I worked 40 hours per week while in college. It's possible. Yes, it's difficult, but if your education is that important to you the sacrifice isn't so hard to make.

Sheila Said:

College students living at home?

We Answered:

Both my sister and I are college students still living at home. For me, it's an issue of legality, mostly (I'm two years away from being a legal adult), and for her, it's more a severe anxiety about leaving home that she's working hard to overcome. Here's what I can offer.

I began college about a year ago (I left high school and am getting my GED), and once I proved that I could be responsible, make good decisions when I was on my own all day, and do well in an adult environment, my parents "loosed up" a little. This is hard to define, though, because my sister and I have never been any trouble to our parents, so strict rules were never necessary. What did change is how my parents saw me; more as their adult daughter than their teenage daughter. That being said, I do suppose I'd have a curfew (one has never been needed for me, I'm not a partier), and my parents pay close attention to if there is any alcohol/drugs/sexual activity, which there never has been.

For my sister, who is a legal adult living at home, it's a little different. Like me, she's never been any trouble at all, but there is still a constant struggle between her and my parents in regards to how much of an adult she is. The issue of a curfew has never come up, their biggest struggle is mostly a "is she a teen or adult?" thing. They still shelter some things from her (they always have for both of us), and that drives her nuts, and sometimes there's a power struggle. I.e., my sister will not have a clean room, she'll think she can keep it however she wants because she's an adult, my parents think it doesn't matter because she'd under their roof, etc.

What I'm saying is this: You know your daughter, and if she's a good kid, I say it would be okay to loosen up on the rules a little. Experiment with what works. Start off not giving her a curfew, or the other way around, and see how it goes. You can change if you feel it's warranted. Let her see how she does in college school-wise, and then decide if nagging is important (in this case, remember that college work is tougher, so make sure she knows that you're available if she needs help). If you see grades slipping because of procrastination or other priorities, then it's okay to get on her, but also remember that she'll learn from her mistakes. In regards to housecleaning, she's still under your roof, so it's not unreasonable to assign some chores, just try to make them less "childish". For example, you could ask her to run errands for you or cook dinner a few nights a week.

As for transportation, my sister and I both drive and have our own cars. We're gracious to live in a household where money isn't a huge issue and this is possible, but we definitely have our own obligations along with this. Either she or I do the grocery shopping (not on our own money) and many of the errands, and we also drive ourselves to school, work, and volunteer projects (very important to our parents). However, before I had my license, my parents drove me everywhere. This was a different scenario, obviously, seeing as I couldn't legally drive yet, but I would say it's not unreasonable to expect your daughter to get her license or find a way around when you/your partner have other plans.

I think the most important thing to remember with a child living at home, though, is to make sure you slowly but surely give her her independence, she she slowly but surely takes it. The first, and even second years of college can be tough, but it's okay to think she should start thinking about finding her own place and making sure she will be okay on her own (that's the issue with my sister, she started college away from home and was so anxious she was very sick). You can start letting her know that you expect more from her, and maybe consider having her pay a small amount in rent in a few months to a year. All in all, though, you're the mother, and you do know best, so follow your instincts and everything will be fine.

- Be well :)

Michelle Said:

Is there any assistance for a college Student living in Maryland?

We Answered:

State Financial Aid Assistance Programs & Applications

Click on the appropriate program name and scroll to the bottom of the program page to download application and conditions of award information.

Need-Based Grants

http://www.mhec.state.md.us/financialAid…

Go to this site and read about grants. Yes, colleges want to help people who are serious about their education and want to improve their situation. You are the future leaders of your country. Look at the grants available and if you have a school you have chosen, go to the campus and make an appointment with a counselor and map out your path for success. You deserve it.

Sam Said:

As a college student living on my own with really no income, do I qualify for any federal assistance?

We Answered:

Usually if you are over 24 then you can get grants and low interest loans. You should see your financial aid office of your college, they will set you up.

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