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Old 04-01-2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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Kids headed to College Fall 2012 Check-in

So, I have a son headed to college in the Fall. We have gotten all of our acceptance and now we are in decision mode. Waiting for the last FA offer.

How is your decision making going?
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:49 PM   #3
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DS had about 5 schools he was interested in. His top choice wait listed him . His 3rd and 4th choice schools offered him scholarships which would have covered 2/3s of the expenses at their schools--if he chose school 3 he would still have $10,000+ in annual expenses to cover. School 4 he would have still had about $5,000 in yearly expenses to cover.

School #5 offered him a FULL RIDE all 4 years tuition, room, board books. So DH and I strongly encouraged him to take it--so he did. It is only an hour away and DH happens to work in the town and commutes each day. Much easier for me to let go knowing he's close and we are close if he needed us.

But after accepting school #5s offer, he was accepted admittance at his 2nd choice school, but no scholarship. He's very honored to have gotten accepted, but with no $ offer...

School #5 it is.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:58 PM   #4
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Spent this weekend at accepted student day at ds's school. Showed him around Boston. He loved it. We have not sent in the acceptance yet, but I'm guessing we will this week. He turned down a free ride to an Art school. It was. Great opportunity, but I believe this school is the right choice for him.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:03 PM   #5
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DD18 applied to two schools - her top choice and what she thought of as a safety (although I was not sure she would be admitted.) She did get accepted at both and will be headed to Florida in August. She got a nice scholarship offer from her school which will help with tuition. She'll be in St. Pete/Tampa so I am looking forward to spending some DVC points in WDW when I visit!!

She is my youngest so I will have an empty nest next year - just me, the dog and the cats. I am so looking forward to it!!!I have traveled a lot this year and I will really enjoy more travel next year without any responsibilities at home. I suppose it is easier for me the second time around because I know that there is a wonderful time ahead of her and we will not lose our close relationship.

I know it will be here before I know it!!
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:57 PM   #6
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Our son applied and was accepted to two schools. Purdue (Indiana) was his top choice with Mount St. Mary's (Maryland) as his "back up". Mount St. Mary's offered him the Presidential Scholarship at $64,000 - just over half the total cost. Purdue offered him nothing. He has chosen Purdue.

Our son has known since he was 6 that he would need to be 100% responsible for his college education. I am not sure how he will pay for it. I really tried to talk him into MSM, but his heart is set on Purdue. So, he will need to get loans. Not exactly sure how that is going to work.

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:35 AM   #7
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Our son applied and was accepted to two schools. Purdue (Indiana) was his top choice with Mount St. Mary's (Maryland) as his "back up". Mount St. Mary's offered him the Presidential Scholarship at $64,000 - just over half the total cost. Purdue offered him nothing. He has chosen Purdue.

Our son has known since he was 6 that he would need to be 100% responsible for his college education. I am not sure how he will pay for it. I really tried to talk him into MSM, but his heart is set on Purdue. So, he will need to get loans. Not exactly sure how that is going to work.

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We visited Purdue last summer and learned one thing that may be helpful to your son. It is relatively easy to establish residency in Indiana. Even being on campus in school housing counts. So perhaps he will be able to get in state rates after his Freshman year.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:13 PM   #8
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Our son applied and was accepted to two schools. Purdue (Indiana) was his top choice with Mount St. Mary's (Maryland) as his "back up". Mount St. Mary's offered him the Presidential Scholarship at $64,000 - just over half the total cost. Purdue offered him nothing. He has chosen Purdue.

Our son has known since he was 6 that he would need to be 100% responsible for his college education. I am not sure how he will pay for it. I really tried to talk him into MSM, but his heart is set on Purdue. So, he will need to get loans. Not exactly sure how that is going to work.

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I'm sure that your aware that he will only be able to secure about $5500 in loans by himself and everything else will be co-signed by you or some other adult in his life.

My oldest went this route. It was definitely nerve wracking to take on so much in loans. She is getting ready to graduate and find a job but the loan looms much larger in her eye now then it did 3 years ago.

Good luck to your son.

My son applied to 6 schools total. 4 audition schools (theater), one long shot (ivy league but it would have been free due to our EFC) and one academic/financial safety.

He got into all for audition schools and now we are just comparing FA packets...
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:01 PM   #9
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Our son has known since he was 6 that he would need to be 100% responsible for his college education. I am not sure how he will pay for it. I really tried to talk him into MSM, but his heart is set on Purdue. So, he will need to get loans. Not exactly sure how that is going to work.

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You know what stinks about that....and this is just something that occurred to me as we go through the FAFSA process.... When you apply for financial aid, it is the PARENTS' income that is taken into consideration, whether the parents intend to pay or not. That's a real bummer for students whose parents don't plan to help. Perhaps the parents make plenty and are not eligible for aid. The student, on the other hand, probably makes very little and would (should) indeed be eligible for aid.

I'm not giving you a hard time. Your plan was the same as we basically had for our son. But it seems like there is a gap there that makes the financial aid eligibility requirements really unfair for kids whose parents can pay (kind of) but won't.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on any of that, I don't profess to be an expert on this at ALL!
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:36 PM   #10
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Mount St Mary's

Hi,

My daughter's second choice was Mt. St. Mary's; a terrific school about an hour or so from home. It is small, so there is a lot of individual attention for the student. The students seem really happy there and it's located close enough to D.C. and Baltimore and just down the road from Gettysburg (a fun and historic college town).

My daughter's first choice was Washington College (Eastern shore of MD). I made it perfectly clear that she would go to the college that gave her the best financial aid package, and there was always the possibility of community college if it just wasn't finacially feasible to attend a four year university.

As it turned out, both colleges were very generous, with Washington just edging out Mt. St. Mary's. There is no way that I would support my child's decision to go to a college where I was expected to co-sign for a large percentage of the cost; also I would never support my child's decision to attend a university and then graduate with enormous debt.

I see that you are in Florida, has he considered any colleges there?

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Our son applied and was accepted to two schools. Purdue (Indiana) was his top choice with Mount St. Mary's (Maryland) as his "back up". Mount St. Mary's offered him the Presidential Scholarship at $64,000 - just over half the total cost. Purdue offered him nothing. He has chosen Purdue.

Our son has known since he was 6 that he would need to be 100% responsible for his college education. I am not sure how he will pay for it. I really tried to talk him into MSM, but his heart is set on Purdue. So, he will need to get loans. Not exactly sure how that is going to work.

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Old 06-23-2012, 10:13 AM   #11
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:49 AM   #12
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We had a parent/student orientation day last Saturday.

8:30 -3:30 chock full of info! Reality its setting in!

We got the speech about this generation(can't remember what they called them)--it started with the fact they have been sheltered (unsafe world compared to ours, 9/11 happening and making us hold a little tighter) and ended with "special." lol

Your student is not special...they are all special and will be treated the same, etc. It reminded me of that commencement speech.

Anyway, it was interesting to watch as they separated us for the day--some parents were wondering if the apron springs would stretch that far and some kids were looking at parents like, "Do I hafta?" lol

The kids met with their advisors and picked their classes (not official, I do not think, yet) and that caused some parents great anxiety to think of their student going to sign up without them. As a homeschool mom, I was more than willing and elated to turn all that over to someone else!! Yay me! haha

They have another meeting today (they have 3 dates for people to choose from) and she will be going over to meet her roommate. She's excited to meet her, a girl from Murphy NC.

The roommate match up they did this year was you filled in the regular questionaire and they put it online and you were able to pick your own roommate that way. Interesting...DD said it was like match.com or something, lol.
Anyway, she didn't find hers that way, she was matched by the softball coach because this is a recruit of hers and she knows DD. I'm keeping my fingers crossed they are a decent match.

Anyone else's college doing anything like this for roommates or are they just strictly assigning them?
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We had a parent/student orientation day last Saturday.

Anyway, it was interesting to watch as they separated us for the day--some parents were wondering if the apron springs would stretch that far and some kids were looking at parents like, "Do I hafta?" lol

The kids met with their advisors and picked their classes (not official, I do not think, yet) and that caused some parents great anxiety to think of their student going to sign up without them. As a homeschool mom, I was more than willing and elated to turn all that over to someone else!! Yay me! haha

They have another meeting today (they have 3 dates for people to choose from) and she will be going over to meet her roommate. She's excited to meet her, a girl from Murphy NC.

The roommate match up they did this year was you filled in the regular questionaire and they put it online and you were able to pick your own roommate that way. Interesting...DD said it was like match.com or something, lol.
Anyway, she didn't find hers that way, she was matched by the softball coach because this is a recruit of hers and she knows DD. I'm keeping my fingers crossed they are a decent match.

Anyone else's college doing anything like this for roommates or are they just strictly assigning them?
We had our orientation the first week of June & it was very similar. I laughed because I think a lot of the parent activities were basically fillers to keep the helicopters from trying to "help" their students. I would have been fine not attending, it was a very long day w/o much new info. Thankfully DD is very independent & very sure of what she needs to do & wants. She got registered for classes & is happy w/her schedule.

She also did the roommate match service. I like that they offered it. The girl that she matched w/the best emailed her to room & they are all set. They've been emailing but no plans to meet yet. She recently got her dorm assignment & will be in a suite. One of the other girls attended the same HS as her roomie. I am praying that they all will get along since I don't know the relationships! The other 3 are from the same town also.

DD is ticked because one of the girls in the suite has the same name as DD! She has an unusual name that we really don't hear often at all. Seriously, 3 kids, 3 different schools & haven't heard her name more than once. Since we've lived here, we've run into 2 girls w/her name. One was in her HS performing group & now this one is her roomie. The other 2 roomies share the same first initial.

It's definitely flying by! We'll be on vacation most of July then it's time to finish shopping & ship her off. I'm so excited for her!!! Although I'll miss all of her HS buddies & their get togethers.
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I've been through Freshman orientation and registration twice now and both times there were parents practically hyper-ventilating at the thought of the kids registering without the parents.

This time it was so bad .... every single parent presentation the SAME lady raised her hand and started grilling the presenter of why the parents weren't allowed to sit in on today's advising and registration session with their children and no matter WHAT the session topic - Financial Aid, Housing, Meal plans whatever - she turned it into yet another discussion on how her child NEEDED her to choose classes. I finally during the lunch break found her and told her that if she didn't like the classes her child registered for that the Advising registration hold would be removed from the record right after orientation and she could just go online and change the classes to what SHE wanted at will from now until September.

Good Grief. But at least it shut her up for the afternoon sessions.
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DD is ticked because one of the girls in the suite has the same name as DD! She has an unusual name that we really don't hear often at all. Seriously, 3 kids, 3 different schools & haven't heard her name more than once. Since we've lived here, we've run into 2 girls w/her name. One was in her HS performing group & now this one is her roomie. The other 2 roomies share the same first initial.
Maybe you fill out all the stuff to find compatible suite mates and its all just alphabetic!
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