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Yay, Heather! What does this mean for your DS's college options?

He originally won it back in December to UW-Madison, Marquette, and UNC-Chapel Hill. At the time he'd only been accepted to Marquette, so that's where he accepted it. Since then, he's also been accepted to Madison, but still waiting on Chapel Hill. There is a process to transfer schools, so that might be an option. Carolina is his #1. He's evenly split between Marquette and Madison. Hopefully this is making sense; just had an IPA to celebrate! ðŸ˜

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Congrats to all the college bound homeschoolers! I look forward to reading this thread all year, and virtually celebrating with you!

 

 

 

He originally won it back in December to UW-Madison, Marquette, and UNC-Chapel Hill. At the time he'd only been accepted to Marquette, so that's where he accepted it. Since then, he's also been accepted to Madison, but still waiting on Chapel Hill. There is a process to transfer schools, so that might be an option. Carolina is his #1. He's evenly split between Marquette and Madison. Hopefully this is making sense; just had an IPA to celebrate! ðŸ˜

I've been following your situation, Heather! Congratulations! I'm so glad everything is working out for your family!

 

 

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My son was just accepted to Brooklyn College, his first-and-only choice. They have a 2 year Engineering program with transfer agreements to City College (Grove) and NYU. If he changes his mind about Engineering, he can major in almost anything else, like math or business or music, which are his other interests.

 

We were concerned because NY colleges, especially SUNY/CUNY are not homeschool friendly but the application was less of a hassle than we anticipated. The letter we received from the school district did not at all say what the colleges said they wanted it to say (he's been "home instructed per NYS Regulations and is now beyond compulsory school age" vs he's "completed the equivalent of a New York State four-year high school program through home schooling"). But CUNY accepted it without any problem - we're so thrilled!!

 

It is 20m by bus from our home and we can afford the tuition without loans (we're not eligible for FA, including the new Excelsior Scholarship). He is happy to stay home for a few more years.

 

He'll graduate in June and then I'll be officially retired!! One done with her masters and working, one getting her masters and working, one in college and working, and now one starting college and soon to be looking for work. I'm feeling very accomplished today!

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I know this is something little but I feel like celebrating.

 

DS has been on medical leave from his school and had to reapply to see if he could go back for spring term. He just heard that yes, he can go back!

 

He is excited and feels he is in a better place than he has been the previous two years and wants to give it a final try before he makes the decision to transfer.

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I know this is something little but I feel like celebrating.

 

DS has been on medical leave from his school and had to reapply to see if he could go back for spring term. He just heard that yes, he can go back!

 

He is excited and feels he is in a better place than he has been the previous two years and wants to give it a final try before he makes the decision to transfer.

This is great. I am happy they are working with him. Hoping the next year is much better than previous ones have been.
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My son was just accepted to Brooklyn College, his first-and-only choice. They have a 2 year Engineering program with transfer agreements to City College (Grove) and NYU.

 

He'll graduate in June and then I'll be officially retired!! One done with her masters and working, one getting her masters and working, one in college and working, and now one starting college and soon to be looking for work. I'm feeling very accomplished today!

Congratulations!!!! What a great homeschool journey. Looking forward to that day when all of mine will be done. Can’t wait.

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YAY Heather!  I will toast you later across the border!  That is wonderful news.  Happy for your family! :party:

 

Congrats to all!  It's so fun to watch this thread as the parent of a junior.  

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My son applied to U Alabama long after the published scholarship deadline.

 

Today he received word that he is awarded the Presidential Scholarship there.  It was hard to parse the dollar value one the screen without a comma--so many zeroes in a row.  I am stunned that he is hearing about this now. 

 

We are so humbled and blessed that he has great options.

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I hope you aren't sick of hearing from me--maybe my son applied to too many colleges. He was covering two disparate majors, though.

 

We just heard he is in at Northeastern engineering.

Also heard from RPI engineering on Saturday with a scholarship--I think it was called Leadership Award

Has he picked a major? Or does he have a specialized major that is not offered at all schools?

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I hope you aren't sick of hearing from me--maybe my son applied to too many colleges. He was covering two disparate majors, though.

 

We just heard he is in at Northeastern engineering.

Also heard from RPI engineering on Saturday with a scholarship--I think it was called Leadership Award

Has he picked a major? Or does he have a specialized major that is not offered at all schools?

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Has he picked a major? Or does he have a specialized major that is not offered at all schools?

One of his interests is mechanical engineering, which is easy to find.  The other is industrial design, which is typically in the college of art. 

He is still deciding.

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Ds was accepted to Emory but since he wasn't selected as a scholar finalist last month I don't see it happening due to finances. We should have that information tomorrow. 

 

He's excited he got in, though. 

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You know that college my son applied to on November 13th?  They have FINALLY made a decision, according to their website.  They won't actually say what the decision is, and he has to wait for the mail, but I would be very surprised if he didn't get in, it is a safety school and easier to get into than the  ones he has gotten into so far.

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Since all the college acceptances were in after my last post DS was just waiting on scholarship news.  Those were finalized this week- he has received both an Army ROTC scholarship and a Marine Corps Option ROTC scholarship.  Now he must start making final decisions.  I think I might be able to start breathing again. 

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Emory actually gave him quite a bit more than we expected. Not quite enough. I'm thinking I might call to see if we can get a bit more. I have no idea if people do this or if it ever actually works, though. 

 

 

ETA: And, of course, the boards are about to go down! I thought we were done and now this. I come here to calm down so I don't know what I'm going to do this next week. 

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One of his interests is mechanical engineering, which is easy to find. The other is industrial design, which is typically in the college of art.

He is still deciding.

Good luck to him in making the decision. I didn't know that about industrial design. My sister's college-boyfriend majored in industrial design, but I never associated it with art. Maybe his school was atypical. He did design/create things, so I can see the art connection.

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He originally won it back in December to UW-Madison, Marquette, and UNC-Chapel Hill. At the time he'd only been accepted to Marquette, so that's where he accepted it. Since then, he's also been accepted to Madison, but still waiting on Chapel Hill. There is a process to transfer schools, so that might be an option. Carolina is his #1. He's evenly split between Marquette and Madison. Hopefully this is making sense; just had an IPA to celebrate! ðŸ˜

I hope your son receives more good news from North Carolina soon.

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Well, well, well. Surprises here.

 

DD got into Denison ($15,000 merit) AND Oberlin (0 merit).

 

Neither will work out financially.

 

Congrats to everyone! 

 

Hang in there for those still waiting. Not much time left. Fingers crossed!

 

 

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I hope your son receives more good news from North Carolina soon.

 

Unfortunately, we found out today he didn't get in the Carolina. But, that's ok. We are so darn stinkin' happy and grateful about the AROTC waiver! Just when it couldn't get better, we  found out earlier this week that Marquette gives a $7,000 room and board sweetener to 4 year AROTC scholarship winners! So, it's Marquette!!!

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Emory actually gave him quite a bit more than we expected. Not quite enough. I'm thinking I might call to see if we can get a bit more. I have no idea if people do this or if it ever actually works, though. 

 

 

ETA: And, of course, the boards are about to go down! I thought we were done and now this. I come here to calm down so I don't know what I'm going to do this next week. 

 

 

I don't know about at Emory specifically. If you have a good offer from another school, use it to encourage Emory to give more aid. Assuming Emory is their top choice!

 

 

We are planning to do this if my son decides he prefers the school that offered less merit aid.  

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Unfortunately, we found out today he didn't get in the Carolina. But, that's ok. We are so darn stinkin' happy and grateful about the AROTC waiver! Just when it couldn't get better, we  found out earlier this week that Marquette gives a $7,000 room and board sweetener to 4 year AROTC scholarship winners! So, it's Marquette!!!

 

Love your happy ending!!

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Emory actually gave him quite a bit more than we expected. Not quite enough. I'm thinking I might call to see if we can get a bit more. I have no idea if people do this or if it ever actually works, though. 

 

 

ETA: And, of course, the boards are about to go down! I thought we were done and now this. I come here to calm down so I don't know what I'm going to do this next week. 

 

There is usually an appeal process. As someone else mentioned, some schools will consider offers from peer institutions in their calculations, and your son could ask if they do that.

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Emory is a meets full need school. Meets need schools generally will not price match.

 

Your best bet is to discuss ways the financial aid forms do not match your true current situation, especially in terms of involuntary expenses or loss of income or assets.

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Emory is a meets full need school. Meets need schools generally will not price match.

 

Your best bet is to discuss ways the financial aid forms do not match your true current situation, especially in terms of involuntary expenses or loss of income or assets.

That's interesting. Their financial aid summary showed our need as determined by them and our aid. They did not meet what they said our need was.

 

Or am I misunderstanding what you're saying?

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I pulled up Emory on collegedata.com and it said average percent of need met was 100? When you say they didn't meet need, do you mean they gave you loans or a gap with no explanation how you were to fill it?

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It's a gap with no explanation. I'm wondering if maybe since he was accepted last night and the financial aid information was just uploaded today if maybe there is something missing. I'm planning on calling or emailing Monday to find out.

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Definitely the best way to start is by asking lots of questions rather than immediately demanding more money. The better you understand how awards are calculated and what types of appeals they consider, the better your chances of succeeding in getting more aid.

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Unfortunately, we found out today he didn't get in the Carolina. But, that's ok. We are so darn stinkin' happy and grateful about the AROTC waiver! Just when it couldn't get better, we found out earlier this week that Marquette gives a $7,000 room and board sweetener to 4 year AROTC scholarship winners! So, it's Marquette!!!

Sorry to hear that, but the bright side is that with the additional money, he has an easy choice. So glad that the waiver worked out for him. Congrats.

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Ok, new acceptances and recap:

UNC Asheville, with two small scholarships 

Western Carolina with a small scholarship (but covers tuition)

UNC Charlotte (applied after EA, no scholarships expected)

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) (Merit Aid Scholarship awarded, did not submit a portfolio because he changed his mind about going)

 

He has decided on Western.  I think what cinched the decisions was that he has some friends going from high school!  One he plans to room with.  But we are fine with however he was actually able to make a firm decision.  He was so undecided and unmotivated to make a decision that we finally said, "Decision ON YOU by April or off to community college you will go!"

 

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Ds got into Bucknell University.  However, the amount the want us to pay way laughable (25% above our EFC--and that was based on money we don't actually "have" bc of our strange housing situation).  So, the decision was easy. He'll go to Houghton College and participate in their Honors in London program (spending the second semester freshman year in London).  So glad to have a decision.

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2 hours ago, GoodGrief1 said:

That's great news, Dawn! This has been a big year for your family as far as launching kiddos!

 

Yes it has!  Oldest started his 4 year program in January.  And now 2nd has decided he wants to do the pre-college program in the summer, so he is starting in June.....two within 6 months if you look at it that way!

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Ds got into Bucknell University.  However, the amount the want us to pay way laughable (25% above our EFC--and that was based on money we don't actually "have" bc of our strange housing situation).  So, the decision was easy. He'll go to Houghton College and participate in their Honors in London program (spending the second semester freshman year in London).  So glad to have a decision.

 

Wonderful!  My friend is a professor at Houghton!  

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3 minutes ago, DawnM said:

 

Wonderful!  My friend is a professor at Houghton!  

Great!

I had never heard of Houghton before moving to NY, but since ds became interested Houghton grads have come out of the wood work.  Apparently even my Sunday School Supervisor at the church I grew up in when to Houghton.  For such a small school, there are a lot of grads and people who work there.

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2 minutes ago, freesia said:

Great!

I had never heard of Houghton before moving to NY, but since ds became interested Houghton grads have come out of the wood work.  Apparently even my Sunday School Supervisor at the church I grew up in when to Houghton.  For such a small school, there are a lot of grads and people who work there.

 

I am not even from NY, nor have I ever lived there, but I know several Houghton grads!  

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My dd is deciding between our state flagship and another one of our state schools. She has merit aid enough to cover tuition the first two years at the second school, no aid at the flagship. She really wants the second, but needs to visit the flagship before I'm comfortable with her committing. She's afraid she will like it if she visits, but she's so excited to attend the other that she just wants to accept there and be done with it. We are opposite personalities in this way ?. I'm surprised to find myself rooting for the less highly regarded of the two, but it's still a great school, and I really think the fit will be better. 

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Excited to say that DS has been invited to be a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar at Cornell University.  We had never even heard about this program before, but if we had we would never have imagined that DS could be chosen; he has zero research experience.  It makes me think that someone took his essays seriously, and they were worth all that effort!  It looks like an incredible opportunity, and he is very excited about it.  We're happy he has some great options; will be so relieved when the decision is finally made!

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DS was accepted to Carnegie Mellon!!  He was also rejected by Princeton, Harvard, and Stanford but has been pretty philosophical about it.  

Now he has to decide between Michigan, CMU, and MIT.  All will cost about the same, so at least that aspect is out of the equation.  Campus Preview Weekend at MIT is next weekend, so he is flying to Boston to see if MIT is a good fit.  I am soooo glad this process is almost over!  

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The hardest part of the board shutdown was knowing I was missing all the college news! Lots of great updates here.

Lewelma, I am convinced that Harvard/Princeton/Stanford do consider whether a student chose to "spend" their Early Admission app on their school. Congratulations to your son on his great choices. Sounds like he will thrive at any of them.

I've got an interesting (well, to me!) story to tell. I think I mentioned that I had been helping a young man (extended family member) with really good, not great, stats with his college apps. It was tricky, because he was likely going to need pretty much the full cost of attendance covered. Complicated family situation, unlikely to get need based aid because of dad's income...but dad was also unwilling to give him more than $2500 a year. His GPA was just low enough that he would not qualify for the highest award at schools with auto merit, but he did achieve National Merit status. I guided him toward National Merit schools, and a few schools with full ride competitive scholarships where I thought he might have a shot.

He got into all the places he applied, including a school with a full ride for National Merit. He was unsuccessful with competitive scholarships. What none of us knew, including his parents, was that he secretly applied to Yale. It was his one reach school, and he was accepted.

It's hard not to get excited about the possibilities there for him. He's a kid who has experienced some abuse, and just generally poor judgment on the part of his parents. He has made the best of his situation though and risen up to be a leader in various groups. He's just a neat young man, very positive. We live in a geographically separate place, and he has left rarely.The problem, of course, is finances. He is in the process of appealing his financial case to Yale. I'm really hoping that, despite the obstacles, it works out for him. He will be fine wherever he goes in the end, though.

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