Protesters take part in a demonstration to condemn the ban of same-sex marriages in Los Angeles on November 15, 2008. The same-sex marriage ban sparked angry protests across the nation with thousands taking to the streets in Los Angeles chanting slogans like 'Yes We Can.'

LGBT Students Can Face Long Road to Financial Aid

Name changes, gender identification and strained family relationships can present FAFSA challenges.

Protesters take part in a demonstration to condemn the ban of same-sex marriages in Los Angeles on November 15, 2008. The same-sex marriage ban sparked angry protests across the nation with thousands taking to the streets in Los Angeles chanting slogans like 'Yes We Can.'
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"The main reason I didn't have an issue with it is because I did have supportive parents," she says. "For those that don't, there are so many difficulties."

The hurdles LGBT students may come up against when trying to pay for college are not insurmountable, though.

Students wanting to change a legal name or gender can also seek out groups such as the Transgender Law Center for guidance, and LGBT teens rejected by their parents because of their sexual identity can turn to the schools they applied to and explain their situation.

LGBT students can also look to scholarships. The Point Foundation is one of the nation's largest scholarship providers for LGBT students. Dozens of other scholarship funds exist, and the Human Rights Campaign maintains a list of national, regional and state-based awards designated for LGBT students, as well as those offered by specific colleges and universities.

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