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Nov 3 2017

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Thread: I just found out the high school I graduated from wasn’t accredited.

I just found out the high school I graduated from wasn’t accredited.

I just graduated from high school last month and went to apply for financial aid today to go to my local community college and they said that I won’t be eligible for FAFSA anywhere because my high school isn’t accredited with the state? What do I do. I can’t afford to pay for college. It costs like $1800 per semester, and my mom can’t afford to help me with it either. FAFSA said based on the family income our expected contribution was $0 since we don’t have very much money. so now I’m like screwed because I didn’t know my school wasn’t accredited. I didn’t even know what accreditation was until today.
They told me the only thing I could do was go get a GED. but I wanted a real diploma, I worked so hard for it. isn’t there any other options??

EDIT for clarification: FAFSA said that we wouldn’t have to pay anything towards my college and they’d cover everything since we are a low income family, but are refusing to do so now since my high school is unaccredited.

Last edited by xtiiina; 2012-06-27 at 05:53 PM.

move in with a family member or reliable friend. maybe a grandmother or grandfather, or brother or cousin..FIND SOMEONE with a different last name then yours/your family(mother or father). Move in with them OR USE THEIR ADDRESS(for the sake of the application) with their permission, and put on your application that you DONT LIVE with your parents BUT you live with another person. P
THEN when they calculate whether or not your eligible, they wont be using your parents income as a factor. For example, if you move in with your grandparents, and they have a different last name then your mother/yourself, the application will be filled out like you are living on your own, and paying rent to (said party you moved in with/or use address) and will be calculated accordingly(you will get approved if your not living at home/with parents)

Last edited by gnarlysoul; 2012-06-27 at 05:41 PM.

Did you go to a public high school? Home School? Private school?

Seems to me that would be the first place to start, try and find out why the school you went to isn’t accredited.

That’s terrible. Honestly, though, I would just go for the GED. High school diplomas don’t really mean anything – once you get even a partial amount of college, no one cares about your high school any more. I have no idea where mine even is at this point.

I just graduated from high school last month and went to apply for financial aid today to go to my local community college and they said that I won’t be eligible for FAFSA anywhere because my high school isn’t accredited with the state? What do I do. I can’t afford to pay for college. It costs like $1800 per semester, and my mom can’t afford to help me with it either. FAFSA said based on the family income our expected contribution was $0 since we don’t have very much money. so now I’m like screwed because I didn’t know my school wasn’t accredited. I didn’t even know what accreditation was until today.
They told me the only thing I could do was go get a GED. but I wanted a real diploma, I worked so hard for it. isn’t there any other options??

Do you already have a high school diploma? If so, then who cares if you get a GED as well or not. One will be for your own pride, the other will be for getting you into college. Also i would recommend going back to your High School and asking your administration about this issue. there may just be a mix up or you may have a situation that you could be a local hero and make all the students aware of this. You’d be helping out a few hundred people i’m sure (which is far more important than rushing right into college.

Last edited by Kathandira; 2012-06-27 at 05:45 PM.

move in with a family member. maybe a grandmother or grandfather, or brother or cousin..FIND SOMEONE with a different last name then yours/your family(mother or father). Move in with them OR USE THEIR ADDRESS with their permission, and put on your application that you DONT LIVE with your parents BUT you live with another person. P
THEN when they calculate whether or not your eligible, they wont be using your parents income as a factor. For example, if you move in with your grandparents, and they have a different last name then your mother/yourself, the application will be filled out like you are living on your own, and will be calculated accordingly(you will get approved if your not living at home/with parents)

Unless you are over the age of 25 or married, your parents income is reportable on FAFSA documents whether you live with them or not (at least this was true from 2005-2009.)

My father didn’t file income taxes one year during that range, and I applied for FAFSA and was denied a loan because of lack of documentation, even though I had not lived with him for almost 5 years, and was living on my own in an apartment solely in my name.

They told me the only thing I could do was go get a GED. but I wanted a real diploma, I worked so hard for it. isn’t there any other options??

Yeah, I can see why you would feel that way at this point, but really; it doesn’t matter. I high school diploma is worth nothing in and of itself. It is used as a stepping stone into college, but there are very few jobs out there (and even fewer that you would want) where a high school diploma is required. Most will want a college degree. A GED does the job just as well (I have one and I’m a senior software engineer). Really, it won’t make difference in the long run (or in the short run for that matter).

———- Post added 2012-06-27 at 05:55 PM ———-

That’s bullshit. I’d look into suing the school if I were you. Anyway, on topic, the GED is going to be the only way for you to get aid, unfortunately. Assuming you’ve learned what you need to know, you should be able to knock it out pretty easily though.

You can’t sue a school for not having accreditation unless the lied about it, which is doubtful. It is public information. If you don’t do your homework on the school you go to (or rather, his parents) then you have no one to blame but yourself. I could start a school tomorrow without accreditation. You cannot sue me for signing up and then later coming to the realization that you screwed up.


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