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  1. ^I thought only kids who didn’t take the essay had the extra questions/section?? An extra section wasn’t a thing on the ACT when ds took it. It was on the SAT, but I don’t think you knew which section was experimental. You could figure out whether it was math or reading or (back then) writing based on the total number of sections after it was over, but tha was it. Aren’t the practice ones all tacked on the end now?? I don’t get how that helps the testing agencies. I mean, the kids know they don’t count now, right? So what is the incentive to do well? How can either the ACT or SAT get a good read on how the questions are??? Maybe i am mid understanding how it works. I’m curious, for sure.
  2. @klmama - here is what the National Merit website says about commended scholars (coped and pasted): Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. There is a national cutoff for commended. Approximately 2/3 of the 50,000 (around 34,000) remain at commended level. Approximately 16,000 move on.
  3. @Arch at Home - yes. That’s what I thought you had meant. Just wanted to be sure. Thank you!
  4. @Arch at Home - can you please elaborate just a bit. I’m having a hard time following what you are saying. I may need more coffee!
  5. @mom1720 - The way your information is asked for seems much more reasonable and thorough to me. It’s hard for me to understand why all schools wouldn’t be as specific as yours. Since I haven’t seen what Yale asked on its forms, I can only go by what she is telling me which was that she was asked about any siblings and had the option of including costs. She did not fill the cost part out. I would assume (though many of my assumptions have clearly been false!) that their award information for Yale for the younger’s freshman year would have then been the same, or at least much closer to what they are saying her sophomore - senior years will be. That likely would have saved many months (she was accepted SCEA) of angst and hand-wringing. As would her understanding of how outside scholarships would be applied when they were seeing their NPC numbers. Sigh.
  6. They did. They told her what they spit out for them to pay this year would double after the older graduates. She talked to them. I feel like I failed my friend. I asked over and over again if they were comfortable with what they were seeing on NPCs. “We’ll make it work.” It’s so hard to press when personal finances are involved. 😢
  7. Ugh. Remember my friend whose daughter got into Yale? They have an older daughter and she and the younger will overlap in college one year. Yale told her what the family will have to contribute will double for younger daughter’s sophomore - senior years. I understand that, but Mom only indicated that there would be another child in college next year and did not indicate what they are paying for the older sister. She said providing the amount was optional, and she didn’t fill it out. They pay $0 for older because she is on a full-ride at an in-state school (not the flagship). So, did Yale make an assumption as to the amount they are paying? Knowing that there is a kid who overlaps in and of itself doesn’t tell Yale anything. The family could be paying anywhere between $0 and $70,000 per year for older daughter. Why is that question “optional”??? So, now they feel they cannot justify that much money at all, and the daughter is looking at her other options. And, they are all bummed. Thanks for sticking with me. I have no personal experience with financial aid at all. I have learned a lot through her journey. I wish I had more specifics on their personal finances, but it’s just too personal to ask.
  8. I sent you a pm, OP. We’ve been through this process in L.A.
  9. No personal experience as ds dropped Latin when he entered his charter school as they did not offer it. I did find this book however. It seems to have mixed reviews?? HTH https://www.amazon.com/SAT-Subject-Test-College-Admission/dp/0738610763 I also found this: http://www.carmentablog.com/2017/07/04/get-perfect-score-latin-sat-subject-test/ Again, no idea how useful these resources are. I am just googling around.
  10. I do have one friend who says, “It’s an asking world.” Idk the answer. She spoke to someone in the financial aid office.
  11. Agree with others about visiting the career services office. Also, depending on what is covered/required in her particular program of Econ, I would encourage adding on some additional quant/statistics/math/data analysis classes. Math skills can be a key differentiator for employment, in particular. Can’t hurt for grad school either. On the scholarship money - as long as she goes full-time, does she still receive that? I understand the idea of not wanting to take classes just for the sake of taking classes, but broadening her skill base might be helpful in the long run. Lastlly, I would spend a lot of time researching the LSE to understand what they are looking for if that is the end goal. Depending on where she is currently enrolled, there may be little to no knowledge on her campus about it.
  12. @*LC - yes, it is a relief. As I had written, without knowing concrete numbers, it was hard to be of of too much help. As I wrote, their lack of understanding of how outside scholarships would be applied was the confusion for them. I’m sure they said, “If you get the Coca-Cola,” we can make it work. The good news is that she can use it for ten years. They are going to investigate if they can apply it toward loans at the end. I was very clear with dh that if we were not willing to pay full-freight somewhere, that needed to be communicated from the get-go to ds and that we shouldn’t let ds apply to schools where price was more than we would be comfortable with. Having clear conversations and understanding the process from the get-go is vitally important!
  13. Thanks for all the advice! I learned a bit more, and things aren’t as “tight” as I imagined. If they continuing working at the camp for four more years, they can make it work with only federal loans and no help needed from grandma. They really want this for their daughter, so I think that is how they will proceed.
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