FAFSA Guidelines Questions
Hi, I have some questions about FAFSA that I have been unable to find answers to elsewhere and I'm hoping maybe you guys will maybe have some answers. Brief back story. I'm in my mid 20's and I just finished my associates degree after this Summer '08 session. YAY! It's just an A.A. degree so sadly it's not very valuable as far as jobs go but now I want to work towards my Bachelors. I've been dealing with a chronic pain problem as well as major depression for the past 15 years or so. It honestly took me a really long time to learn to manage them, especially my depression. Part of my learning to manage my depression is learning that I do not dare go to school full-time during the fall semester (I don't dare take more than 1 or 2 courses during the fall) simply due to the fact that my depression gets 1000% worse mid October to the end of December. Don't get me wrong, my depression is WAY better, I'm living a mostly normal life now, but there's a few things I just don't dare do. Why tempt the fates with something that has caused so much problems in years past? Now I want to apply for FAFSA but here's my question, I can only attend school full-time during the Spring semester and Summer terms. So I know FAFSA considers an academic year Fall-Spring semesters. Does anyone know if there are any exceptions or if anyone can apply for any medical exceptions? I can go full time for spring semester and take like 20 credits or as many as allowed during the summer so I'd still have the same number of credits as a normal full-time student per academic year. Also is there such thing as medical exceptions to the guidelines to FAFSA? Does anyone know anything about this? I really need FAFSA in order to finish school and I really want to finish school, this is so important! I can't apply for private student loans right now due to bad credit (it's a work in progress but I can't get any credit right now). So if I can't find a way to make FAFSA work I can't go and get my bachelors. Help please!! Note: If there's a better place to ask this specific question, let me know.