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  1. OK to message me. No, she applied for study abroad then backed out at the last minute. It's not likely to hurt you for graduating, especially if you're at the Lawrence London campus, but there are electives you might miss.
  2. OK, it's time I pipe up on this one as a parent who has one child at "Big State U" and one who just graduated from Lawrence. Regarding course availability: Lawrence is serious about independent study. The "senior experience" graduation requirement means many upperclassmen are rolling their own courses, but my daughter had a friend who started as a freshman in "design your own major" and did this throughout her four years. But, many of the regular classes are only offered every other year. Which makes some scheduling difficult because you can't just "take it next year" or "take i
  3. Yes, look at them, but don’t compare apples and oranges. Compare large state schools with other large state schools, and small colleges to small colleges. They collect this data for 4,5, and 6 years. Look at all three. For example, at one kid’s university, 5 year degrees are very popular, and there’s a big bump in the graduation stats at 4 to 5 years, but it stays flat at 6 years. Poor freshman retention rate should be checked with the same caveat: expect a big state university to lose more freshmen than a selective college. Be sure all colleges you compare use the same year
  4. Yep. “I don’t wanna” is not a way to get a child to become independent for financial aid purposes. If the parents are somehow unfit (student wants no contact because they are abusive drug users etc) you can try to get independent student exemption from the financial aid office. Expect to jump through many hoops to prove your case, though. And for freshmen, you’ll have to do this at every college you want a financial aid offer from.
  5. One aspect of free-Starbucks-ASU is that Starbucks picks up the remaining bill *after* you've exhausted any federal financial aid. You only get 6 years max of federal financial aid for undergrad. Working enough hours to be eligible for benefits while also going to college often means taking lighter schedule. If you leave Starbucks and still want to go to college, you may have burnt away your financial aid eligibility.
  6. So, medical expenses are often looked at at the very end of the financial aid process - you get an initial offer, then you document your medical expenses and appeal. And you may have to appeal every single year! Because of this, it's best to find the best price tags up front. 1. Run a generic financial aid calculator like this one: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/paying-your-share/expected-family-contribution-calculator# This will give you a feel for how much need based aid you can expect before appealing, at least at a generous school. 2. If your kids are bri
  7. All it means is that your financial aid application meets the criteria for which the financial aid office requests IDOC info, and many financial aid offices just request it from everybody. IDOC doesn't have much to do with acceptance, but your acceptance may be dependent on how much aid you require at need-aware schools.
  8. Fine arts can be competitive in state universities - Art schools and conservatories are expensive and generally have poor financial aid, so there are often lots of applications for the affordable spots in state schools, particularly those universities with BFA options in the arts. Fine arts in general is the hardest to predict admissions for -- the portfolio or audition aspect makes it tricky.
  9. Some schools consider major, some do not. Be aware that schools that limit acceptances for (as an example) Computer Science, typically also make it harder to change majors into the Computer Science department later on. If an application asks about intended major, clarify with the admissions office how that information is used. Is it just for a "general well-rounded class" aspect, or will they hold the student to it? If the student changes their mind, how hard is it to change major? Also, just picking a "weird" major isn't enough to get an admissions boost. The kid with lots of techno
  10. DO NOT take college classes during a gap year, for the reasons Lori outlines above. It's not worth the risk of losing freshman status. And, performing arts classes in particular (with online due to covid restrictions) would be a much better experience after the pandemic returns them to in person. The joy of being a theatre major is the community that forms in the college theatre department. (And fair warning, once you leave college and have to compete for jobs, that community does become more cutthroat.) Normally, the recommendation would be to get real-world experience (i.e. work or volunteer
  11. I would sit down with the advisor and look at the options. Often, two degrees means that there is a difference in geneds (BA = more liberal arts requirements, BS = more stem requirements), not in what you take to get the major. See what courses she needs for each option and whether she is excited to take any "extra" courses required. It may be that it doesn't matter - if she is transfering in those "extra" courses for example - in which case she do whatever she wants! But, transferring often means losing some credits as not everything is accepted, in which case, figuring out the shortest path
  12. In many cases, signing up for housing is not the same as confirming enrollment. Housing fees you pay now are often refundable up to the housing deadline. Read the housing website carefully, but I believe you may more committed emotionally than financially by doing this.
  13. Yes, if it says 100% they look at home equity as part of your assets and assume that you can tap some percentage of that for college expenses (it's not 100% but I don't know the exact value).
  14. There are two financial aid forms/formulas: FAFSA and Profile. Both consider both income and assets (savings, stocks,etc) except for retirement savings for the FAFSA (if in an IRS-approved account like an IRA or a 401k, not just any money you think of as "for my retirement") The FAFSA doesn't counsider your house as an asset either, but the Profile does (for some schools). But the amount of the asset is adjusted differently by different schools, which is what the second chart does. It's easier to just run the college net price calculators to figure out a guesstimate, but some of those are
  15. The college board does offer a Profile (they call it "institutional method") estimator but it is only somewhat accurate. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/paying-your-share/expected-family-contribution-calculator# Adjust it based on how individual colleges treat the value of your home using this chart: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u6imBAFMlL_1_8FGI8lypF7fcHUi8LfH/view So if the chart says home equity is capped at 2x income and your home is worth more than that, just enter 2x income as your home value in the college board estimator. I do not know of a ch
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