And yes cyberrev, most schools participating in need access require you to fill it out if you want need-based grant money. Fafsa only covers federal aid.
Welcome to the world of private schools and mostly private public schools. Need Access supposedly has more information about your assets and parental information for schools that require it. In general the fedearl government considers you independent for post-college education regardless of whether your parents have been supporting you recently. Though few people's parents plan to pay for law school there is some logic to giving more aid to someone whose parents could not afford to help them than to someone whose parents simply refuse but are millionaires. Yes it's a pain, but it's required for most schools that use the service.
I was just entering my parents' info on the Need Access website, and it told me I was "100% complete" with that section before I even got to the part about their financial situation. Did I run into a glitch in the system? Did this happen to anyone else? I'm wondering if maybe the fact that they haven't supported me or claimed me on their tax returns for about 5 years now possibly triggered something that meant I don't have to fill all that stuff out? I'm curious as to whether this has happened to anyone else.