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Financial Aid for the fall

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Read the financial aid section of the school's website carefully. Meet all requirements and deadlines. There may be more than just the FAFSA required. Ask questions if anything is not clear.

 

You can use the net price calculator to see what the need-based aid looks like at the school, but ignore any freshman merit scholarships it returns.

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He'll have to call and I'm not sure he is well enough to do that at present

 

Is he well enough to ask financial aid to talk to his parents? 

 

Barring that, could you call financial aid, say you know that they can't give you specifics but describe the situation with your son's health briefly and ask what steps he can take next--find out who he'll need to call or meet with, what forms he'll need etc... Sometimes you can be a bridge even if they don't want to work with you on the specifics. 

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Ok, we have never done financial aid before.  Long story...  this child might be going to school to finish a last semester this fall... it may not happen until spring.  Scholarships are gone over the last 4 years.  We can pay cash, but don't want to.... at least not the whole thing.  What kind of grants/loans can he get.  We will not qualify for any financial aid.  The semester will cost about 20,000.   I will be filling out FAFSA   ASAP.  Anything else?

 

If you don't qualify for need-based aid, you're basically looking at Direct Unsubsidized Loans (student loan, max $7500) and PLUS loans (parent loan, limit is COA), which are Federal loans and require FAFSA, or private loans like Sallie Mae, which doesn't require FAFSA.

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The FAFSA requires both the parent and student 2015 tax returns and current bank balances, etc. So if your son is not well enough to do the forms that might be a problem. You need the numbers from your paper returns as the IRS retrieval tool is down for security upgrades.

 

It is OK to call financial aid and explain your circumstances. Since you have missed the deadlines, you need to ask if they will consider a late application, and if so, do you need to do anything extra (like following the financial aid appeal process to explain the special circumstances).

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I'm sorry that you son is unwell; praying that he is better soon.

 

I don't have any advice. I do think if one of mine was in that situation, and odds are one will be at some point, I would waant to talk through pros/cons of returning to school in fall vs spring vs following fall.

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I'm sorry that your son is unwell; praying that he is better soon.

 

I don't have any advice. I do think if one of mine was in than situation, and odds are one will be at some point, I would waant to talk through pros/cons of returning to school this fall vs the spring vs the following fall.

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When is money due at school? At my kids' school tuition/etc isn't due until late in the summer. So, I would register for fall knowing it would be easy to drop without paying anying before classes started if it was not the right time to restart classes.

 

Does he need to redo the entire class or simply finish up incomplete work? I would guess that would be handled differently moneywise.

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I'm sorry. I know you and your son both want to get things "back to normal" as quickly as possible, but if he is not well enough to figure out how to register for fall, it doesn't sound like now is the time to figure out the financial aid part.

 

The worst-case scenario is the federal direct student loan until he maxes that out, then the PLUS loan as described above. These can usually be arranged just before the semester starts if necessary. When he is well enough, you can look at other options.

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I am terrified this year. DD is graduating and there is a good possibility I won't be working this fall.

 

If we don't get enough aid, in addition to the scholarships, I don't know what we'll do. DS's school doesn't notify until late June or July, so if we don't get enough it will be too late to apply for aid anywhere else.

 

I'm trying not to panic

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 DS's school doesn't notify until late June or July, so if we don't get enough it will be too late to apply for aid anywhere else.

 

 

That's so insane! Sometimes I think the entire college process is designed to test our mental stability. 

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That's been pretty typical for returning students: they have to wait until all the freshman financial aid applications are done because the school is trying to recruit them by May 1st. However, with the new prior prior year system, schools could move all the deadlines to the fall and do returning students first, if they wanted to.

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Scoutermom,

 

I'm sorry. Can you send an update on your job situation to the school? When will you know if you will be working this fall? I'm sorry for the stress.

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Scoutermom,

 

I'm sorry. Can you send an update on your job situation to the school? When will you know if you will be working this fall? I'm sorry for the stress.

I have a temporary agreement to teach two courses in the fall. However, the school is advertising for someone with the appropriate degree so if someone applies and meets the criteria I will lose those classes. I'm hoping it happens sooner rather than later. 

 

Thank you for the kind words.

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