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Old 03-12-2013, 11:34 PM   #496
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Just came acroos this...

two graduating from our household in May.

DfosterS19 is deciding between Univ of Colorado and Univ of Kentucky. He's making his UC visit this week and then we will know which one to send the deposits to.

DS18 has made the decision and will attend St. Gregory's University. If we send in the deposit by the end of the month, we receive $800 off the annual housing.

Subscribing now and will go back to read the threads.
UK is one of my daughters top two schools too!

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Old 03-23-2013, 12:03 PM   #497
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YES! My DD is officially 6 for 6 on acceptances! Now we just have to sort through the financial aid packages.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:28 PM   #498
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Good news, bad news here:

DS was denied at UVA (no suprise there that was a super reach school for him).

He was waitlisted at his #1 which was Virginia Tech so no great moods here this weekend.

He has been accepted to James Madison University, George Mason University, and we've known for awhile that he's in at WVU for engineering and honors. Can't seem to do as well in our own state of Virginia!!

We've got one more acceptance we are waiting on but it was another reach school so not even really considering it.

For my son, it now comes down to James Madison and West Virginia University. James Madison is popular here but it doesn't really have a strong engineering program so he would probably go into a different major there. Just not sure how it's going to go.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:35 PM   #499
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Good news, bad news here:

DS was denied at UVA (no suprise there that was a super reach school for him).

He was waitlisted at his #1 which was Virginia Tech so no great moods here this weekend.

He has been accepted to James Madison University, George Mason University, and we've known for awhile that he's in at WVU for engineering and honors. Can't seem to do as well in our own state of Virginia!!

We've got one more acceptance we are waiting on but it was another reach school so not even really considering it.

For my son, it now comes down to James Madison and West Virginia University. James Madison is popular here but it doesn't really have a strong engineering program so he would probably go into a different major there. Just not sure how it's going to go.
Just my 2 cents worth (and it's worth just about that), if he really wants engineering, VW is a better choice.
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Congrats BuzznBellesmom!

Christine, good luck on making a decision.

We heard from DePaul this week. It was a no. It's fine because neither of us were really sold on Chicago. Rejections still sting, though.

We are now waiting to hear a decision from the Conservatory at Webster. My daughter and I are really, really hoping this one's a yes. We have received some financial aid packages from her schools and Webster's is, so far, the best. So, if you have any pixie dust laying around, please toss it this way!
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:05 AM   #501
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Bumping us back up and asking for opinions on this situation.

Karen interviewed with Webster at ThesCon in February in GA. The next day she had a follow up interview at a hotel near the airport. (Webster does this every year.) The interviewer was the Directing head and remembered her and her materials. We then put Webster on the back burner knowing that their decisions wouldn't come until April 1. Keep in mind that Karen has an interest in both Stage Mgt and Lighting Design. Fast forward to early March, and we decide to go ahead and set up a visit with Webster for this coming week, our spring break. We knew that our visit date was after they mailed decisions. We have been honest with Webster about not coming if this is a wasted trip. The admissions person remembered her name from ThesCon and knew she had already interviewed in GA. They proceeded to set up a full day of visit, tour, meetings with both the Dean/Stage Mgt head and the Tech head, plus sitting in a Stage Mgt seminar. Shortly after that, we received a very nice FA package then in the same week an envelope of all the programs from this season and a brochure about Webster's conservatory arrived. There was nothing else in it. No letter, no business card, nothing. It was addressed to her "real" name, not her first name (which is how most colleges know her at first) and was from the Dean/Stage Mgt man.

Friday she receives a call from admissions saying that he had found out she had NOT been accepted to Stage Mgt. However, they are still "very interested" in her and want her to still come for a visit Thursday. She will still meet with the Tech head and with the Dean. She is to bring all of her materials for an "unofficial" interview. Friday night after 9:00 the Tech head calls her to express that he is interested in her and there are positions still open. (We have been told this by two admissions people and the tech head.) I think his words were, "I hope you're ready to blow me away with your materials." We were really crushed by the Stage Mgt rejection. Of course, they only take 4 SM kids. The tech dept seems to be more fluid.

What is most disturbing in this is that Webster is the only school that I can absolutely handle the FA package. We had allowed ourselves to get our hopes up about Webster being "it," because of all the positive communications with them in the last few weeks. Now, I don't know what to think. I am going to have to appeal all the other packages and make a trip (that I can't really afford) to Webster and hope they "like" her.

Although some parents think she is on a priority waitlist, I had read in other places that Webster does NOT do a waitlist. The only other situation I could come up with is that the final SM position came down between Karen and another student. The other one was SM only and K had expressed interest in lighting, too. The other schools are so far away from Webster financially. There will be a lot of begging happening in the next week or so.

Thoughts from those outside the "theatre school" world?
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Wow, I don't even know what advice to give you or could begin to tell you what I would do. This theater school stuff seems VERY, VERY complicated. I commend you for your perseverence in checking it all out! I know I wouldn't have the fortitude for it.

It's really so hard when all these decisions and conditions seem to be very "on the fence." It doesn't really seem like you have any choice but to go to the school. You've gone so far as it is. Hang in there...it really is almost over.

We are going to visit James Madison University on April 12th. This is for accepted students day. My son is still so down about being waitlisted for Virginia Tech that I don't think he's even thinking positively about James Madison. I hope that the visit really turns him around.
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Well, I have to agree with Christine, it all seems very complicated for us non-theater types. Honestly, it seems like the best option is for you two to go on the visit and seek some clarity. She (and you also, but this should be led by your DD) should ask them these questions about likelihood of acceptance and all. Or perhaps she could call the admissions office. It seems like they want her, but only for lighting and not stage management? Or maybe they're trying to do an end-run around their own admission policy of 4 students in SM? Perhaps she can start as a Tech major, then switch to SM? But, I would be asking them these questions. Sorry I can't be more help--the best I can figure is, they want her, but don't have a SM slot available for her.

At this end of things, we're heavy into the emotional, "But I WANT to go to my dream school!" mode. I guess I should be grateful DD got into her reach school, so many of her classmates were waitlisted or outright denied. Problem is, the 4-year difference between Dream School and Choice #3 is greater than the purchase price of our first home. I'm really choking on the numbers.
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At this end of things, we're heavy into the emotional, "But I WANT to go to my dream school!" mode. I guess I should be grateful DD got into her reach school, so many of her classmates were waitlisted or outright denied. Problem is, the 4-year difference between Dream School and Choice #3 is greater than the purchase price of our first home. I'm really choking on the numbers.
That's where I am as well. Dream school/first choice is the most expensive (of course!) and we don't expect much if any financial aid. How much is it worth to go the school he REALLY wants to go to? And yes I do understand why he thinks it's the best fit and I mostly agree, but the other choices are also good schools. Add in he's planning an engineering major i.e. may take more than 4 years (especially if you add in co-ops and internships) and the $$ are dancing around.

Will be glad when the final decision is made.

UGADOG - fwiw I agree with BuzznBelle'smom, your daughter should call and ask some very specific questions to get to the bottom of what's going on before you commit to spending more time and $$ on a visit. I think you have a better chance of getting good info if your daughter calls than if you do. Let them know you're willing to make the trip but only if there's a legitimate chance for a positive outcome and right now you're not understanding where you are in the process. But in the end, if they aren't very forthcoming with info you may need to bite the bullet and go since they're the only school that's come up with $$. I have to say that I am NOT hearing good things about financial aid availability in general this year so good luck in going back to other schools and asking for $$.
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Webster is playing this very close to the vest right now. They have made it clear she is not in the Stage Mgt program, but that they are very interested in her for the tech program. Now, she will be meeting with the Tech head (which she was doing all along). Instead of a SM class, she will sit on a sound (?) class. The Dean/SM guy would "like" to meet up with her at some point, if possible. I have this gut feeling this trip is a waste. However, Webster is absolutely the best choice we have financially. Therefore, I'm really left with no choice but to go and convince my daughter to "put on her show."

I have begun the appeals process with her two next choices. (Well, really one of them is her dream school.) We will see how that goes. One of them is not so far off as to make this possible ($5-8,000), but the "dream" is waaaaay far off. You don't know til you try, I guess.

Please send us all the good wishes and pixie dust you can find. My daughter (and I) are beginning to grow weary from this process.
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Please send us all the good wishes and pixie dust you can find. My daughter (and I) are beginning to grow weary from this process.
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I am late coming in to this but I am going through this process too. My daughter is down to 2 schools and I'm not sure I even know what's best at this point. It is so hard and I can't wait for it to be over and her to be settled.

She is going for Engineering and has to choose between Villanova and Lafayette. So many factors to consider. Back to visiting again.....

I wish you all CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK!!!!
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Our taxes were finally processed- after we paid- which we were told we didn't have to in order for them to be processed, but whatever...

We were able to order the transcript we needed, and the FAFSA is finally complete.

I have a question about EFC. Ours has a zero in front of the number. Does yours? I am trying to figure out if the number they gave us is actually what they consider our contribution to be. And how does that end up working anyway? Will the offer of financial aid actually take into consideration our EFC?

This process has been really confusing and very lengthy for us. FTR, we have no received any financial aid packages yet because of the glitch we had with the IRS.
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She is going for Engineering and has to choose between Villanova and Lafayette. So many factors to consider. Back to visiting again.....

I wish you all CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK!!!!
D's boyfriend went to Lafayette. Great school, he loved it. Good luck. My D is an engineer also, she graduated last year and has a great job. Off my payroll lol! It's nice.
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Our taxes were finally processed- after we paid- which we were told we didn't have to in order for them to be processed, but whatever...

We were able to order the transcript we needed, and the FAFSA is finally complete.

I have a question about EFC. Ours has a zero in front of the number. Does yours? I am trying to figure out if the number they gave us is actually what they consider our contribution to be. And how does that end up working anyway? Will the offer of financial aid actually take into consideration our EFC?

This process has been really confusing and very lengthy for us. FTR, we have no received any financial aid packages yet because of the glitch we had with the IRS.
Yes, the number they give is what they expect is what you can contribute to paying for college. What you will be expected to pay depends. Most college don't claim to meet your need and so any financial aid you get depends on what the college wants to give you. The only thing the FASFA does is to see if you will qualify for a PELL grant (which is only for very low income families) and you have to file in order to apply for stafford loans.

It's very confusing because it really depends on every school.
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Yes, the number they give is what they expect is what you can contribute to paying for college. What you will be expected to pay depends. Most college don't claim to meet your need and so any financial aid you get depends on what the college wants to give you. The only thing the FASFA does is to see if you will qualify for a PELL grant (which is only for very low income families) and you have to file in order to apply for stafford loans.

It's very confusing because it really depends on every school.
Idont think I asked that correctly. Is the number they gave us a dollar amount or a code? It was like 04476 or so.ething like that. It also said we may qualify for a Pell grant.
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