So I am talking to some students to the school I'd really like to be. They said financial aid works like this:
Unless financial aid knows otherwise, they assume that parents are going to be paying for 1/3-1/2 of your tuition.
But I am also told that if you live on your own, or at least you cannot be claimed as a dependent by your parents, that you get a lot for aid. A LOT more.
So would it be at all shady or morally questionable if I moved out of my parents place for a while, deferred my admission for one year, and then had my financial aid situation reevaluated?