I used to process Pell Grant applications and guaranteed student loan applications.When did college students get adult rights? I'm not saying I don't agree, I'm just surprised.
When I went to college, I paid for it myself entirely (worked 40+ hours/week during the school term and 70-80 hour/weeks during the summer and vacation times) and yet my grades were mailed to my parents' home (not mine) and my graduation tickets were mailed to them as well, which meant I had to scrounge to find an additional ticket for the extended family member I REALLY wanted to attend.
I hated the fact that I was fully self sufficient and self funded and yet was being treated like a minor. Yet that was the way it was.
Maybe no college student ever gets treated in the way that is most appropriate for their particular circumstance!
You had to be on your own for two years SOLID, and prove it with tax returns (and often with your parents' tax returns as well), before the government (and associated lending/granting agencies) would consider you an independent adult and before they would stop expecting certain levels of support from your parents.
This was necessary of course, because most college students really are still dependents of their parents. But many, including my best friend, truly were on their own and not getting a dime from their parents, and they had a very tough time for those two years, getting no assistance from their parents and getting limited assistance from outside sources. My friend literally dug through garbage to get pop and beer cans to redeem for money, as a 17-year-old living on her own (really screwed up parents--I don't blame her for getting the hell out of there).