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I am very disfunctional due to severe social anxiety disorder,

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I am very disfunctional due to severe social anxiety disorder, and depression, that has been going on for 12 years. I have medical proof of this. I am being kicked out of my home in a month, and have not been able to find a job or any way to support myself.

I am in my junior year of college, but the FAFSA program doesn't seem accept me as independant even though my family will have absolutely nothing to do with me. I am not sure how to get them to recognize me as independent so I can qualify for support.

Is there any way to get welfare or enough support to get through college on the basis of mental disability? Or just welfare to survive period?

I have tried to find answers, but it seems the only way I would qualify for help, is if I got pregnant, or chopped a leg off, and its getting rather desperate.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking.

I am sorry to hear you are experiencing these difficulties. There are aid programs available to those who have mental health disabilities and you are also eligible to collect welfare and even obtain public housing assistance while you are a student.

The limitations on the programs for your disabilities is when it comes to school assistance, those programs are not readily available to those with mental health disorders I am afraid. Until you are 24 FAFSA absolutely refuses to consider a student independent from their parents and even if you submit an affidavit claiming you are fully emancipated FAFSA refuses to accept that and will not agree to exclude your parental income. I am afraid that legally there is nothing else to do to get them to recognize you as independent because those are the rules the federal government has set forth.

Thus, for student aid, you are going to have a hard time, but you should be able to qualify for the welfare and food stamp benefits because they do not consider your parental income for those programs.

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