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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. So, your cost of attendance minus the financial aid is your net price, not your EFC. It's really important not to confuse EFC calculators and Net Price Calculators (ask if you need clarification). If the financial aid offer doesn't match the school's NPC, it's absolutely fair to ask the financial aid office why. If a NPC asks about your student's GPA, AP scores, etc. it may estimate merit aid, but that merit aid may not come with the initial financial aid offer, so look at the need/merit/loan breakdown of the NPC output carefully and check how/when merit aid is awarded at that school. Mer
  8. There is no "right" or "wrong" answer here. Some schools include high school credits earned in middle school in the high school GPA and some don't. A few schools near here used to consider 9th grade part of "lower" school and 10th starts "upper" school, and the high school GPA might start in 10th. This is a place for you to declare whatever you want to do. If your GPA calculation includes the 8th grade credits, include the 8th grade year in your answer. If you're only counting GPA from 9th, that's fine too. Just answer it however it fits your convention.
  9. A couple of ways these sorts of scams sometimes work: 1. The scammer expected to poach their merchandise from your porch before you got it 2. The scammer expects you to "return" the merchandise to them (by contacting you later about a "mistaken" order and giving you an address other than the seller's) Best thing to do is call the seller, if you can figure out who sent it.
  10. In addition to AWS certifications, here in the Seattle market, certain Microsoft certifications come up a lot.
  11. If the scholarship is worth a lot of money, you likely won't get that as a transfer student elsewhere, so the cost of walking away could be pretty high. If your family needs the money in order for your child to complete a college education, I'd try to keep your personal reactions to this situation as positive as possible. Being able to extract information from dense reading assignments efficiently is an academic superpower. That being said, I think a professionally-written (not whining, not angry) complaint from the students is reasonable under these circumstances.
  12. Here ya go! https://www.bigjeducationalconsulting.com/s/Financial-Aid-for-Nonresident-Alien-Undergraduates-August-2020-Sheet1.pdf
  13. If your student graduates with a diploma from a high school or cover school with a number in the federal database, put high school. Otherwise, put homeschool. Makes it much easier if your FAFSA is selected for verification.
  14. This article, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/21453067/amy-coney-barrett-potential-nominee-supreme-court cites many primary sources, including this one: https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1619&context=jcl
  15. The FAFSA does not ask about IRS-designated retirement accounts. (So, an IRA or 401(k), not a general investment account that you consider to be "for retirement") The CSS/PROFILE may ask about them, depending on the college.
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