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First acceptance in -- Florida Institute of Technology.

Now we are up to two!  Oklahoma Christian (swimming and merit aid)  FIT scholarships, aside from one that is guaranteed, won't be known for a bit.  Still waiting to hear on five more (pretty much expected to receive acceptance to those as well) Three more are schools he would swim for, two he would not swim for, but they offer significant scholarship opportunities

 

Still possible that DS will take a gap year and either defer or reapply (working on a major engineering internship if we stay in Italy for an extra 9 months)

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Ok, I passed on the info. It's hard bc we are also trying to have him hold his choices lightly because the money will absolutely make the difference.

 

That was our situation too, and I think it's okay to tell them that the final decision will come down to money, while also being very positive about the wonders of Messiah :-)

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Add Baylor to list of accepted with full Presidents Gold Scholarship.

Alabama has awarded her the Presidential Elite and Engineering scholarships along with Honors college.

Letu has invited her next week to interview for the Heritage Scholarship.

Still waiting on AES numbers from UTD.

 

Has completed 9 applications with 7 to go. She refuses to cross any off her list. Sigh.

She has been awarded the AES Honors scholarship at UTD. Just got back from LetU to interview for their Heritage scholarship.

 

And now we are up to 10 applications done and she crossed 3 off her list. Only 4 to go. Hoping to be all done this weekend.

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Dd received an acceptance to Washington & Jefferson today. It noted that scholarship information will follow soon. She got 3 more applications in last Friday. Only two more to go!

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We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, too. I don't think he'll be done for a couple of weeks bc of scholarship weekends and a big AP English paper that's due.  I just want it done, though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Adding on to what I wrote from my sons acceptance to Susquehanna  a month ago. He's also been accepted to St. John's College -- Annapolis, and York College of Pennsylvania. St. John's is his dream school, they awarded him a nice scholarship, but it comes down to the financial aid package.  I really hope it works out. 

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She has been awarded the AES Honors scholarship at UTD. Just got back from LetU to interview for their Heritage scholarship.

 

And now we are up to 10 applications done and she crossed 3 off her list. Only 4 to go. Hoping to be all done this weekend.

Is your dd applying for McDermott at UTD?

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Adding on to what I wrote from my sons acceptance to Susquehanna  a month ago. He's also been accepted to St. John's College -- Annapolis, and York College of Pennsylvania. St. John's is his dream school, they awarded him a nice scholarship, but it comes down to the financial aid package.  I really hope it works out. 

 

I was waiting to hear this news! Congratulations! Crossing my fingers for you and your ds...

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Is your dd applying for McDermott at UTD?

Yes. She applied for the first round of consideration. Waiting for Dec 4th to see if she is a finalist.

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Yes. She applied for the first round of consideration. Waiting for Dec 4th to see if she is a finalist.

Great! My ds has a friend who graduated from that program last May. He chose it over Stanford.

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Great! My ds has a friend who graduated from that program last May. He chose it over Stanford.

She said if she got it that is where is is going. It is an amazing scholarship. It is just a bummer that scholarship weekend isn't until March. She will know in 2 weeks if she got the full tuition scholarship for her #1 choice. It will be hard to sit on it for 3 months!

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Those of you with Susquehanna acceptances, did you receive your FA packet? Disappointed as we only got a $5500 unsubsidized loan :(

She got $29,000 in merit, but we were hoping for some FA as well. I hope this isn't the extent of the FA at the other schools to which she applied because I don't think she'll get more merit than that at any of the other colleges.

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If your merit award dropped the price below your EFC, then the federal loan would usually be the only additional help offered.

Hopefully you've run the price calculator everywhere?

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If your merit award dropped the price below your EFC, then the federal loan would usually be the only additional help offered.

Hopefully you've run the price calculator everywhere?

 

I have, just was hoping against hope :)

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We received our Susquehanna f/a package. It was almost triple the EFC, but we expected that. Been down this road too many times. ;)

 

It is still in the doable column for us, though. We will have two others in college; not sure how their packages will look.

 

Remember that Susquehanna does not meet close to full need - it's something like 83%. You will likely see a difference in other schools, if they meet a higher percentage. But so many other factors go into it. For us, FAFSA-only schools will be the best deal.

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2nd son only applied to 3.  So far, all admissions are in pending status.  

 

One of them says it is incomplete still with no transcript. I used the common app and have emailed the counselor 2 times and now 3 as of today.  I don't know what else to do.  She keeps saying she uploaded it, but uploads are fast......not 15 days later.

 

Frustrating.

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Congrats to all of you!  It is so exciting to read all of these acceptances!  Dd has only heard back from one school of the 5 she applied to so far  (and has 7 more that are due by next Friday and she just came down with the killer bug that sent me to urgent care after 5 days of coughing up a lung.)  Dd was accepted to her financial safety, University of Illinois-Chicago and was invited to interview for the Honors college.  

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Dd was accepted at West Va Univ. It's not selective at all, but her safety school could be worse. She has to audition in January...if all goes welln it will probably be her cheapest option.

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My son learned today that he was accepted to the School of Engineering at Texas A&M.  He is thrilled.  He still needs enough scholarship money to get an instate tuition waiver so we are still waiting.

 

He won't hear back from VMI until March and he is still finishing application for the USNA and Marne Corps ROTC so we have a while to go but it is good to hear an acceptance

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Well, he got into Hope College today.  We head to Houghton's scholarship interview this weekend. It's two days--with a discussion of a section of Augustine's City of God and a paper he wrote and a book he read.  It sounds exhausting.

 

One interesting thing for me is this.  In his acceptance letter from Hope it commends him for having such an outstanding academic record on top of "all he has done," pointing out what an achievement that is.  He is an Eagle scout and participates in the BSA's NYLT as staff, but otherwise I feel compared to the high flyers in our area (and on here), his ECs are relatively anemic.  I mean they are fine, but we chose not to stress him out. He climbed at a local climbing place, but we didn't make him compete, for example. He did Model UN this fall--one conference.  He wasn't in speech and debate for years or anything. He had done 3 APs before senior year (and is working on 4 more, but not 12 like some). He has no awards except AP scholar. The only year he had a summer job, was last year.

 

  It was once again a reminder that if we pull back, a lot of us need to remember how well our kids are doing and not compare them to the driven/ over-achieving kids.  Those kids are really 1% of the kids.  They are awesome and wonderful, but not having a child like that doesn't mean that your kids is not doing great. The comment around here of "teach the kid on the couch" is one I had to hold onto with my bright, type B kid--and, I want to add--"appreciate the kid on the couch."  I feel silly saying this, because my ds is so bright and has done well, but when you are surrounded by kids going to nationals for Robotics and composing piano pieces and winning math contests you lose perspective.  I just want to encourage everyone to remember that not being in the top 1% does not mean your kid, or your homeschool or your decisions about activities is lacking. 

 

Anyway, now still 3 more applications to go and the long wait to find out about money. . . .

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Well, he got into Hope College today.  We head to Houghton's scholarship interview this weekend. It's two days--with a discussion of a section of Augustine's City of God and a paper he wrote and a book he read.  It sounds exhausting.

 

One interesting thing for me is this.  In his acceptance letter from Hope it commends him for having such an outstanding academic record on top of "all he has done," pointing out what an achievement that is.  He is an Eagle scout and participates in the BSA's NYLT as staff, but otherwise I feel compared to the high flyers in our area (and on here), his ECs are relatively anemic.  I mean they are fine, but we chose not to stress him out. He climbed at a local climbing place, but we didn't make him compete, for example. He did Model UN this fall--one conference.  He wasn't in speech and debate for years or anything. He had done 3 APs before senior year (and is working on 4 more, but not 12 like some). He has no awards except AP scholar. The only year he had a summer job, was last year.

 

  It was once again a reminder that if we pull back, a lot of us need to remember how well our kids are doing and not compare them to the driven/ over-achieving kids.  Those kids are really 1% of the kids.  They are awesome and wonderful, but not having a child like that doesn't mean that your kids is not doing great. The comment around here of "teach the kid on the couch" is one I had to hold onto with my bright, type B kid--and, I want to add--"appreciate the kid on the couch."  I feel silly saying this, because my ds is so bright and has done well, but when you are surrounded by kids going to nationals for Robotics and composing piano pieces and winning math contests you lose perspective.  I just want to encourage everyone to remember that not being in the top 1% does not mean your kid, or your homeschool or your decisions about activities is lacking. 

 

Anyway, now still 3 more applications to go and the long wait to find out about money. . . .

 

Congrats to you and your son.  My oldest graduated from Hope and he really liked it there.  

 

Don't sell your kid short.  NYLT and becoming an Eagle Scout show a deep and long-term commitment to scouts.  What more does he need?  My oldest is a type B kid.  Brilliant, but introverted.  He was a scout, but never aspired to Eagle because he saw how much "extroversion" it would require.  He did get his black belt in karate, though.  It had structure and didn't require him to initiate as much stuff.  

 

And it is so true that we need to appreciate the kids we have for who they are not not get caught up in comparing ourselves to the 1% (of which there seem to be a great number of on this board!)  

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Thanks, Ethel,  Hope actually looks like an awesome fit for him.  We just need to follow the money and the fit, iykwim.

 

And, yeah, you are right about Eagle.  It's just that so many kids where I am (suburban NY) have that and what seems like so much more.  I will never ever regret not dragging him through more activities and APs, though.  I do need to stop selling (both of us) short, though.

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Thanks, Ethel,  Hope actually looks like an awesome fit for him.  We just need to follow the money and the fit, iykwim.

 

And, yeah, you are right about Eagle.  It's just that so many kids where I am (suburban NY) have that and what seems like so much more.  I will never ever regret not dragging him through more activities and APs, though.  I do need to stop selling (both of us) short, though.

 

Indeed! ;)

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GAH!

 

As of yesterday, UNC Asheville was still showing that we were missing a transcript.  After a few back and forth emails with his counselor, who reassured me she turned it in 22 days ago via the common app, I finally called the college.  They said it is a glitch in their system as they got a new server or new program or something and it wasn't playing nicely with the Common App and they assured me it wouldn't be counted as turned in after the EA deadline and that there were lots of applicants in the same boat.

 

I am glad I called and figured it out, but I am guessing our EA response now won't be quite so early.......

 

Anyone else have any issues with the Common App and schools receiving all the info?  I am thinking it is just the school itself that is the issue, but thought I would ask.

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GAH!

 

As of yesterday, UNC Asheville was still showing that we were missing a transcript.  After a few back and forth emails with his counselor, who reassured me she turned it in 22 days ago via the common app, I finally called the college.  They said it is a glitch in their system as they got a new server or new program or something and it wasn't playing nicely with the Common App and they assured me it wouldn't be counted as turned in after the EA deadline and that there were lots of applicants in the same boat.

 

I am glad I called and figured it out, but I am guessing our EA response now won't be quite so early.......

 

Anyone else have any issues with the Common App and schools receiving all the info?  I am thinking it is just the school itself that is the issue, but thought I would ask.

 

Dawn, you are not alone. It is always good to check in regularly on the portal and call immediately if something is missing that shouldn't be.

 

We just had a problem with dd, because her last names weren't matching up. Sometimes she uses her hyphenated last name and sometimes not. A few schools had issues with that.  We've had issues with her counselor letter, her financial aid, and her SATs. Some schools are good about reaching out, but mostly, we were the ones who were on top of it.

 

Glad you called!

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We just had a problem with dd, because her last names weren't matching up. Sometimes she uses her hyphened last name and sometimes not. A few schools had issues with that.  We've had issues with her counselor letter, her financial aid, and her SATs. 

We've also had this with Common App - my kids aren't hyphenated, they just have two last names.  Does not "play well" with the Common App, which is also a quote I love.

 

Last year my d-but-sometimes-exasperating-s used one wrong number on his ss number on the FAFSA.  Sort of a nightmare, with loads of conflicting advice from each college until he finally submitted a new one in the spring.  This year my exhortations to get it right on the FAFSA have been met with over-the-phone eye-rolling and some muttering about do I trust him or not...btw, he loves Oberlin, Lisabees, and I hope all goes smoothly for your dd!

 

Fun and inspiring to read this thread with no senior in play - I get to wait another 5 years for the honor again.  Good luck to all!

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Dawn, you are not alone. It is always good to check in regularly on the portal and call immediately if something is missing that shouldn't be.

 

We just had a problem with dd, because her last names weren't matching up. Sometimes she uses her hyphenated last name and sometimes not. A few schools had issues with that.  We've had issues with her counselor letter, her financial aid, and her SATs. Some schools are good about reaching out, but mostly, we were the ones who were on top of it.

 

Glad you called!

 

I did email the counselor a few times, but since the school said as long as DS turned everything in on time, they would give the counseling end a couple of extra weeks, I didn't worry about it until it was definitely longer than 2 weeks' time.

 

Anyway, hoping it is all ok.

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My dd has been accepted at the 3 she's applied to so far: University of Missouri - Columbia Honors College with full tuition scholarship so far and that will go up quite a lot if she is a NMF, John Brown University with 1/2 tuition scholarship, and Evangel University - will attend scholarship weekend in January.

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We had some more acceptances rolling in this week: Drake, Cornell College, Luther College. He is waiting on one (but I think he needs to schedule an interview, which he has not done yet). 

 

He received merit everywhere, in varying amounts. Most of the schools are about the same cost with merit scholarships (and the amount we expected). He is leaning toward Loras College, but is mostly undecided.

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Update:  I did call the counselor, who told me she submitted C's info 27 days ago, before the 15th, and she couldn't resubmit it because it won't allow her to click on the submit button again.

 

So I called the college and they assured me it was fine and that it was a glitch on their end and we weren't the only ones with the issue.

 

Two days later, I received confirmation that it was counted as on time and all was in and good.

 

Now......we wait.

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We had some more acceptances rolling in this week: Drake, Cornell College, Luther College. He is waiting on one (but I think he needs to schedule an interview, which he has not done yet).

 

He received merit everywhere, in varying amounts. Most of the schools are about the same cost with merit scholarships (and the amount we expected). He is leaning toward Loras College, but is mostly undecided.

My husband and I are Cornell College grads, and we have lots of family and friends that attended Luther and Loras. Best of luck to him as he makes his decision.
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Ds has been accepted to University of North Georgia (safety), University of Alabama - Huntsville (safety, 100% tuition, thank u forum!), Oglethorpe University (scholarship weekend invite), and University of South Carolina (out-of-state tuition waived, plus some). Waiting for decisions from several other schools and planning to submit app to UGA. He would really like to go to Georgia Tech or University of South Carolina. If he gets into Tech, it may end up being the most affordable option for us because of Georgia's Zell Miller scholarship. I just really didn't know what to expect and am thankful that he's gotten in somewhere! Other than a handful of DE classes and a handful of AP's, all his coursework is unaccredited. Decent ACT scores, well-rounded kid, but no major "hook." I wish I had started following this board sooner - you are a fount of knowledge! 

 

 

 
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DS has acceptances to Knox College and Illinois Wesleyan University so far.

 

Knox had good merit, waiting on IWU aid package.

 

Hopefully more acceptances to come.

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Who else is waiting for early admission decisions??

Ds should have 2 more coming before Xmas... I’m more anxious than he is, I think. But he’s busy with robotics competitions and DE final projects, so perhaps busier is better.

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One of my boys is waiting on two EA decisions, but neither are to his top school, so he isn't counting the days or anything.  _I_, however, will be so relieved--ecstatic, even--if they are positive.

 

My other son did not do any EA's.  To my dismay, his college search is being driven by the location of his female friend. (Please don't quote!)

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One of my boys is waiting on two EA decisions, but neither are to his top school, so he isn't counting the days or anything.  _I_, however, will be so relieved--ecstatic, even--if they are positive.

 

My other son did not do any EA's.  To my dismay, his college search is being driven by the location of his female friend. (Please don't quote!)

 

Yes, the first acceptance is *such* a relief.

 

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We have one EA that we should hear from in mid-December and another in January.  So far, my son has been accepted at University of Mary Washington ($4,000 scholarship), Emory & Henry ($20,000 scholarship), Liberty (haven't got the financial info yet), and we just have these last two we are waiting on.  He applied EA for all his schools because I didn't want the process to drag out and I wanted to have plenty of time to go and visit campuses after we knew where he was accepted because he's really not sure where he wants to go.

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Three more here. Two on the 15th; one on the 31st. The top realistic choice will be released on the 15th.

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Congrats to you all!  So exciting!  I agree the forum has helped many of us in finding scholarships and helps!

 

I think my son is fairly confident that he will be going to Liberty.  With that being the best financial decision as well as majors and being in our state makes the most sense.  With getting full tuition and the VA in state scholarship it is looking like the best.  I am happy for him my husband and I both graduated there but it has changed quite a bit!  :(  I think if I had my way I'd send him to Pensacola or Bob Jones (which he has considered)   :laugh:  so hard letting go! 

 

It sure will be nice when he signs and is for sure settled...hate to rush him though such a big decision! 

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We have one EA that we should hear from in mid-December and another in January.  So far, my son has been accepted at University of Mary Washington ($4,000 scholarship), Emory & Henry ($20,000 scholarship), Liberty (haven't got the financial info yet), and we just have these last two we are waiting on.  He applied EA for all his schools because I didn't want the process to drag out and I wanted to have plenty of time to go and visit campuses after we knew where he was accepted because he's really not sure where he wants to go.

 

Are you all in VA?  I noticed your schools are VA schools.  Funny we live in Fredericksburg but never considered UMW because of majors. 

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Are you all in VA? I noticed your schools are VA schools. Funny we live in Fredericksburg but never considered UMW because of majors.

Yes, we're in VA.

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