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  1. As someone going through job applications right now -- that is a question everyone asks. The ones I see ask "disability yes/no" but don't require you to specify which disability. (So you wouldn't have to check "cancer" versus "blind" versus "ADHD" or whatever.) Read the way the each question is worded carefully. Are they trying to get the tax break for hiring someone with a disability, are they trying to accommodate the disabled during the job interview process, are they trying to box you into not being able to ask for accommodations after you are hired, etc.
  2. We've talked a lot about budget (making sure you have an affordable choice at the end) and qualifications (those with marginal stats need to apply more widely), but timelines also play a factor. My second applied to a rolling admissions school (Arizona) and got admissions and scholarship info back early in the cycle. This allowed her to drop everything that wasn't better than Arizona from her list -- she applied to one more match school and two reaches.
  3. Running Start is a Washington program, so the following is with that assumption: Check out: Washington State Opporunity Scholarship The Washboard Our larger state universities, UW and WSU have the biggest financial aid budgets. Also look into any four year schools where he can live at home and commute as those save on costs as well. Medical school is a long, hard and expensive road, and quite frankly, the rich kids have the best shot at the prep and mentoring required to get in. I would strongly discourage a major in biology as this does not lead to many well-paying jobs for the kids who don't get into med school. Since he's already earning his undergrad credits, he should be getting the research lab experience and medical shadowing/volunteer hours that first and second year undergrad premeds are doing right now or or he's already behind (and yeah, there's probably no undergrad research labs on the community college campus so at least go for the medical shadowing and volunteering). UW Seattle is a very competitive place: undergrads interested in premed are fighting to get into labs and into competitive majors like bio, biochem, etc. You don't just have to get into the university, you have to apply to get into your major and getting lab experience in premed fields is also very competitive. Is he an academic superstar at his high school? So was everyone else who got into UW. If there are other medical careers that interest him, check out programs in nursing, ultrasound, radiology tech, etc. In addition to UW and WSU, Bellevue College has a lot of medical-related programs.
  4. You need to insist on some in-state, public safety schools, whether he wants to stay in Florida or not. Money buys you options, and lack of it often limits them. Don't let him hit submit on any dream schools until the safeties are done. (Many state U's don't have essays and are easy to do anyway.) Read the financial aid pages carefully about whether you need to file ex's financial info. Start your FAFSA early -- depending on when your divorce was/is official, you may be (in the prior-prior year FAFSA system) filing for financial aid based on a tax return that you filed with your ex, then having to subtract out his portion of the total income. This triggers verification. Get your documents in order.
  5. 1098-T only covers tuition. The value of the scholarship beyond what's on the 1098-T is the taxable part. While tax software may ask about 1098-T's, it's just to figure out deductions or eligibility for tax credits, it's not sent directly to the IRS. If you did something potentially taxable, like removing money from a 529 plan that was overcontributed due to the scholarship, you may need to enter the 1098-T as a parent, but generally, it's just part of figuring out the student's tax return in this particular scenario. If you are a 'normal' parent trying to justify your 529 withdrawals or get the AOTC tax credit, you'd save the 1098 for your own records. In that scenario, the parent is generally in the higher tax bracket and would be the one taking the tax credit.
  6. The FAFSA just wants to figure out years of financial aid eligibility, not credits. Go by school years past high school.
  7. Going to a big school is great if you are outstanding enough to stand out in the crowd. Otherwise, you're better off with the individual attention at a smaller school (assuming you get along with the small faculty, which is really hard to tell as a high school junior/senior on a college visit!)
  8. I'm in a coding bootcamp right now! The bootcamp industry is mostly unregulated and of varying levels of quality. Mine caters to job-changers and actually requires the students to already have a college degree in some field. To be honest, the bootcamp model is not one in which I've personally become comfortable. It's a way to get trained for a new career on a short time period, but I feel like I could learn more if there was more direct instruction and not as much "throw you into a project and you'll figure it out." Stress and lack of sleep are not conducive to retaining learning, even if "coding all night" is a hacker's badge of honor. I would ask a lot of questions about what is in the curriculum - do they go narrow and deep or broad and shallow? (Mine is definitely the latter.) Is the bootcamp instructor required to cover all of the curriculum or could it be "adapted" (i.e. not covered)? Is there career support afterwards? If so, meet the career advisor. Talk to current and former students, but realize that there is a lot of pressure not to say bad things about the school (because we want our school's reputation to benefit our career and because our instructors are our job references). For whatever topics are covered, do a search on Indeed or a similar site to see how often the keywords come up. Especially in web programming, 'hot' skills change rapidly so curriculum needs to change rapidly as well.
  9. Getting scholarships after freshman year takes as much time as a job: There are many fewer scholarships out there, and they tend to be very competitive. If there are no scholarships available from the school, that makes things worse because you are competing nationally. I recommend an actual on or off campus job instead: The hours have a guaranteed payback versus spending hours finding and applying to scholarships and not knowing until the last minute whether the hours pay off. If you manage to find some one-year scholarships to cover next year, what happens the year after that? Now is the time to look at your four-year plan for paying for college. If you can't afford where she is, perhaps a transfer is in order. Or she could look into taking a year or two off to work to earn her own way through school.
  10. The question I have from those who seem to understand: Is the medical disqualification from military service at all, or just from the academies? There are other military academy style schools this child could aim for, but might not be worth it if he cannot serve afterwards. If he can join the military, look at other schools with military components (for example, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets). If he cannot join the Air Force, perhaps look at other aviation related careers? I do not see the point in tailoring courses to a school the child will not get into.
  11. Your house payment is not going to affect your financial aid -- a larger payment will not get you more aid and smaller payment will not get you less. For all schools, having a pot of cash will get you less aid. If you're refinancing to pay off debt and are not getting cash out, you would not see any change in financial aid. Paula Bishop keeps a good list of financial aid resources here:
  12. The phrase you may be looking for on college websites is "freshman early college credit" -- many private colleges we looked at were pretty generous at accepting transfer credits from transfer applicants, but much more stingy about what they accepted from freshmen.
  13. Citing is a basic college skill. I’d try to make a go of it. There are bibliography tools on the web where she could paste in an url and get a citation back. A last slide with image credits and a list of urls would be simpler.
  14. I think there are a couple concepts to talk about — “in the small” the Queen Bees and Waana Bees” concept is good. When exploring out into larger circles, the concept of privilege helps. So, the kid at school who gets away with things because their parent is on the school board and they inherit privilege. And then their peers clue in to this students power and form a clique around him/her to have that power rub off on them. And of course we can move out to privileges that you carry with you (or not) when out among relative strangers. An adult usually gets more respect than a child. If you seem to be of a certain race, religion, gender, level of wealth, level of education, and so forth, these things can be of benefit to you or not in your interactions in the world. In the workplace, a manager has power and privilege the rank and file do not. A teacher in a classroom, the pastor in a church, and so on. When “so and so” gets away with things: are they packing some sort of privilege or less obvious power that others lack?
  15. Also two in college -- My junior is doing well. Which is new. It seems like every break (winter and summer) we've been scrambling to "patch her up" and get her as well as we can before sending her back to the fray. This has been the least worrying break, ever. So very nice. My freshman is adapting to her big university better than expected. She's overthinking the classes she's registered for next term, but is signed up for some good ones, too. She's an hour away by city bus, so has been home a couple times during the term, and we went up to campus to see her in a performance as well. So, the "haven't seen you in forever" feeling isn't there. It's nice to have her home, though. We've taken a couple walks together and talked.
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