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If I ran away at 18, could I still go to college without my parents support and how?

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  • ccsmod0
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    Hey there,

    Since you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can.

    If you have questions regarding college, you can ask your school counselors if they have information on enrollment and scholarships/loans to help pay for school.


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  • If I ran away at 18, could I still go to college without my parents support and how?

    I really hate it at home. My parents hate me and think I'm a mistake. I know my dreams don't line up with their plans for my future or their expectations, so I'm planning to move out ASAP whether they like it or not. I'm going to work really hard during my remaining highschool years and save up money. But how hard would it be to enroll myself in college and live on my own like that?
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