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  1. Sebastian thank you for clarifying. I went to the Whitehouse site and this is the only info I could find: Announcing that all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico are now providing recently transitioning Veterans and their dependents with in-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher learning. This progress was brought about by a provision in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act that the President signed into law last August;Ah, after more searching found this link which explains better, but it's still a bit confusing. http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/docs/factsheets/Section_702_Factsheet.pdf Gr8lander sorry to hear that this doesn't apply to your daughter. That must be especially difficult after having been told that she would get the in-state rate this year. I wonder if the state you're in hasn't fully complied yet.
  2. I've been trying to read different articles to get clearer info, but it sounds like the children and spouses of veterans will be covered.
  3. This sounds like a great opportunity for military families. Congratulations to those who can take advantage of this and thank you for your service and the sacrifices your family has made.
  4. Faith, :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: Glad to hear your son is doing so well.
  5. At the other end of the spectrum it's not much different. Dd must have submitted about 100 essays in total for colleges and scholarship programs. It's what you do when you have to find an affordable option. For dd the unknown wasn't merit aid, but whether she would get into the schools which truly meet full need. She could have applied to fewer scholarship programs and fewer colleges, but until the decisions are in it's nearly impossible to know which ones to omit.
  6. FIU might work very nicely. NMF are eligible for full tuition, fees and room and board if they are selected for one of the FIU scholarships. http://admissions.fiu.edu/costs-and-aid/scholarships/ No snow. No cornfields. 54K student population so there should be a few coffee shops available. In Miami. Southwest flies out of Ft Lauderdale which is less than 30 miles from Miami. Language course offerings for 2015 http://dll.fiu.edu/undergraduate/undergrad-courses/ Majors include: Asian Studies Global and Social Sciences Honors College International Business International Relations Political Science Political Science: Education
  7. Your in-state universities may be your best bet or OOS public universities where the OOS cost is within the range you're looking for. University of Alabama of course would be free tuition for her NMF stats but I have no idea if it meets the other criteria. I did see it listed on the link of affordable options.
  8. This list might bring up some possibilities. http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/subjects/foreign-language/ I also think that the State Department or the Homeland Defense, or something like that, offers students scholarships to study the languages that are most needed. I remember reading something about it in the past. This sounds interesting! https://melikian.asu.edu/cli The above program is available to anyone 16 or older. They offer Russian through Russian 6 and the advanced courses are taken abroad. Costs are very low. 8 this might be something your daughter would be interested in before college.
  9. I don't know why you eliminated the other ivy colleges, but Barnard comes to mind. In and of itself it's small, but with Columbia across the street and all it's quite large. They have two Russian majors and of course all the languages at Columbia would be available to her as well. She can even opt to use Columbia's dorms after the first year. I think Barnard offers some merit, but I"m not sure on that. I think that Columbia is slightly better on need based aid alone, but Barnard isn't bad. I'd be looking at all the highly selective colleges if you want your need to be met. Many of them do that even for families with a fairly good income. Another thought would be to check out SUNY Stonybrook as it's close enough to NYC and their OOS tuition is reasonable. I would think that being in or near DC or NY would be ideal. Other major cities should have internship opportunities as well.
  10. After what they're putting her through, honestly I can't imagine wanting to return, but I don't come from a military background. I hope she's able to return to good health and channel all her energy and persistence into pursuing her dreams, whatever they may be. The good she's gotten from her military training will be highly valued in the private sector as well. I hope she's able to get some much needed TLC while she's home.
  11. On a more positive note, remember that it's still early in the notification process. If the first schools to accept and provide their financial aid packet don't look promising, it doesn't mean that there won't be others which are affordable. I've also read that some of the early decision schools offer less financial aid to those accepted during the ED round since they know the student has to attend unless it's unaffordable. In other words they don't have to worry about yield from those students and don't have to do what others might with offering good merit aid as an incentive to attend. Also, Nan had started a thread last year about colleges which were still accepting applications. If anyone is concerned about getting affordable options from the ones their students applied to already, it might not hurt to look for colleges which would be affordable and are still accepting applications.
  12. Just want to add that for those who are low income there are some colleges which meet 100% of need and offer no-loan financial aid, but these are highly selective. They may be considered a financial safety but getting in is the hard part, so other true safeties would be needed. While no loans will be included, they will likely expect the student to use summer earnings and factor in work study. Usually when work study is included, it is expected that the student will work, but there's no assurance that a job will be available. Some colleges may offer guaranteed work study jobs, but most do not.
  13. Faith, just a caution about taking any college classes during a gap year is that many or most colleges don't allow that. It's not the college where the courses are taking that doesn't allow it, it's the college the student plans to attend the following year. While college classes taken during high school may be fine for freshman status, many don't allow even one college class after high school graduation. Definitely check with the individual colleges!
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