I've never been allowed to not work, so that is very odd to me. I have heard of it though but really don't see how it teaches responsibility and time management. I go to a community college full time, work 3 jobs at 55-60 hours a week and take care of my horse daily. I still have time to hang out with friends and do lots of other things. It can be done and many people do it everyday. Lots of us don't have a choice but to deal with it and make due. Also as Wallaby said, FAFSA is an excellent resource. You can at least apply and see what you can get in terms of aid and you don't have to take anything but the grants.