My girlfriend is currently 17 and living with her parents. She will graduate from high school this year and is planning to go to college this fall. This is where the problem comes in. I know that she want to go to college but her parents refuse to help her financially. Though they refuse they still say they will claim her on their taxes. Because of this their income is shown when she applies for grants. Now they make alot of money so she will be unable to get any grants based on need when in fact she is in need because she gets no support. Is there anyway for her to empancipate herself in order to show only her income so she may get grants based on need or is she out of luck and must rely on scholarships and loans. Someone please let me know or direct me to who you think I should speak to. Thank you.