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Independent Status for Beauty School Student?

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | Nov. 4, 2013

Question: I am about to start at the beauty school and I have to do the financial aid forms. But I want to know if I can be independent because my parents are not at all going to help me pay off anything. I’m on my own with paying school off. The only thing is that yes I do still live with my parents and I am only 17. My parents income isn't very good so can I be independent or do I have to put my parents?

Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get independent or “emancipated” status at your age, and if you live with your parents, it’s impossible. What you CAN do, however, is to write a letter to the beauty school and explain that your parents are not going to help you at all with your tuition bills. Sometimes college officials have a little “wiggle room” when it comes to providing extra aid for students in your situation. I wouldn’t count on it, of course, but it’s worth a shot.

In addition, if your parents’ income is low and, assuming that you are a US citizen, you should qualify for some financial aid. What you might want to do is to apply to more than one beauty school … if there are several options in your area … and see if you get more financial assistance from one school than you do at others.

Good luck!

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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