Applying for financial aid for college can be an overwhelming and confusing process for nearly any student. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is crucial, as it is used by the government, colleges and even scholarship sponsors to determine a student's level of financial need. Students feel the pressure to answer the form's 130 questions honestly, but also recognize that doing so could hurt their chances of getting the aid they need. Sometimes, the picture painted by the FAFSA does not reflect the true situation for a student and his/her family.
In a recent story for The Next Great Generation– an online magazine for 18-30 year olds – author Joseph Gentile argues that this is definitely true for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) students. For LGBTQ students from unsupportive families, asking their parents to help pay for college might not be an option – but the FAFSA disagrees.
Find out the reasons for Gentile's argument and learn how some LGBTQ students are still finding the support they need by reading the rest of the story here.