No, she can NOT! First of all, for some people FAFSA doesn’t cover SHIT because of what your parents make. Mine made too much.. (But not enough to help me) to qualify for any amount of grant or subsidized loan over $2500 a semester! Seeing as my school.. A PUBLIC state school was $16000 a year and cost of living was $600 a month that left A LOT to be covered. What 18 year old do YOU know that can get leaven a $1,000 loan? Regardless of if you have a job or not you need parents to consign if you’re under 24. If parents raise kids that they plan on dumping out of the house when they’re 18 SHAME ON THEM! They don’t have the life skills, education or know-how. It’s on parents to ready their children for adulthood not slam them into it. If your parents make any money and you’re under 24 without a kid and unmarried you’re fucked when it comes to school. Going to community college doesn’t get you ANYWHERE in the current job field, kids need an option of getting to college and the current state of economics in our country means that kids have to rely on parents to help them or they’ll never make it above water. Kids need their parents to help them because that’s the way that this country has made it. Her parents clearly raised her to be prepared for college (she’s an honors student who earned a $20,000 scholarship which is no small feat).. They didn’t raise her to go get a minimum wage job at mcdonalds and go in welfare to afford renting a place. They cushioned her and encouraged her education which she earned. It’s not so easy to just conclude she deserves what her parents have done to her. We simply do not know enough about the situation!! But I do know how hard paying for school is when every single institution is working against a student who supports herself but doesn’t and can not make enough to go to college, then isn’t allowed to get cheap loans or grants because her parents make too much even though it’s not contributed to her schooling and then she can’t take out a loan because no one gives any 18 year old a loan over $2000 without a consigner. That’s what I know and *I* had parents that cared, bought me food, filled my tank up with gas wen they could etc! I can’t imagine being abandoned because being an honors student cheerleader lacrosse player scholarship earning 18 year old wasn’t enough!