College Program Parents Thread...

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  1. checkwriter

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    Thanks, BadDad, Traveliz, AnnaS, and leeg229! That's very helpful info! Fortunately DS has learned to be very frugal and so it sounds as though he should be fine.
     
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  3. jobro912

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    I will probably go with the Walmart Gift Cards...My son is frugal, but occasionally will make some random, and I mean really random purchase online. Hopefully with the gift cards he will buy something useful...like food. :)
     
  4. edk35

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    We basically reimbursed our daughter for some things. She got sick SEVERAL times while doing the program. So I always reimbursed her checking acct. for copays and meds. My parents sent her gift cards to restaurants and they gave her a Disney gift card for her to use in the parks. IF she needed anything we made sure she had it. She did really well on her small salary while there though. :) When we went down with her to get her settled, we bought her lots of groceries, toiletries and things so she had lasted a good while too.
     
  5. checkwriter

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    Fortunately he's been living on his own at school since sophomore year, even over one summer when he had an (unpaid) internship. He's pretty good at fending for himself, though I do wish he'd do more actual cooking in place of pizza-popped-in-the-ovening. But this feedback is very helpful in letting us know what to expect. Thanks!
     
  6. BadDad

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    LOL! :rotfl:

    To this day, My S states he never wants to eat another "Healthy Choice" or "Hungry Man" microwave meal.

    He did Spring Adv
     
  7. checkwriter

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    Well he and his housemates do grill quite a bit - burgers, mostly, but chicken when they're feeling ambitios. Do the apartments have grills on site?
     
  8. RogerRadcliffe

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    This is definitely a great sign! I'm planning on buying a new(er) car beforehand, and having to pay for insurance and gas on a monthly basis had me slightly worried since I'm not going to have much help. I'd much rather not delve farther into my savings then I have to, you know?

    Even greater if I have spending money! :D

    If your daughter hasn't already told you, you're excellently wonderful parents for helping her out with everything! Especially the gift cards would be a tremendous help with everything. Maybe I can convince them for my birthday. ;)

    Mine are going to be helping with my medical-related expenses while I'm in Florida, which is really great. They're still trying to figure it out in how they'll reimburse me with everything, even though I'll have an account still at home. Any advice on reimbursing checking accounts?

    Thanks, and Have a magical day! :smickey:
     
  9. jobro912

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    My son and I have accounts at the same bank, and I am able to transfer funds to his account from mine pretty easily...so you might look into that.
     
  10. Hollsey

    Hollsey Finding my laughing place!

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    I'd talk to your bank, like another poster said. My account is not linked to my dad's, but he was able to send me money when he needed. My sister, who doesn't even have the same bank as my own (at least, I don't think s) worked it out to send me money ahead of time when I got her discounted park tickets, so it's definitely possible. :) Not sure how they did it, but I know that they made it work. :thumbsup2
     
  11. checkwriter

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    There are a couple of ways. One easy way is for your parents simply to deposit a check/cash in to your account - this works best if there is branch of your bank that is near them.

    Second, many banks now have phone apps where all you need to do to deposit a check is to take a picture of the front and back of the check and the app deposits it for you. If your bank has this, they can just send you a check.

    Third, they can 'snail mail' you a check and you can deposit it the old-fashioned way (in person or via ATM).

    Fourth, if you both have PayPal accounts, they can send you money via PayPal. If their PayPal account is linked to their bank account, they can send the money for free. You can get a PayPal debit card and just use the balance in your PayPal account like a bank account. Or you can link your PayPal account to your bank account, and transfer the funds that way; though this can take a few days to process. (I'll just note that not everybody is a fan of PayPal; their policies can seem a bit arbitrary sometimes.)

    Fifth, there is the whole account-linking thing mentioned above - if both of you have accounts at the same bank, they can just go on line and make a transfer.
     
  12. BadDad

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    Disney has it's own banking system arrangment for paychecks.

    Honestly, unless you're kid is going clubbing, you won't need to send them money. I only paid for cellphone and medical.
     
  13. carol-lamb

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    The only money I have given my daughter since she has been there (end of January) was to reimburse her for things she bought with her discount for myself, my mom, sister and niece when we were there a couple of weeks ago. I did an online transfer into her account. She has not asked me for money and every time I ask her if she needs any, she says no. She went grocery shopping yesterday at Target and said she spent almost her entire check on food and toiletries. She does not eat out often and most days packs a lunch for work. She is a safari driver at AK and because the attraction closes at dusk, she doesn't get some of the crazy hours I have heard about other kids getting. For that reason, her paychecks might be a little less than others. I pay for her phone and her car is paid for. She does have her car with her and pays for her own gas. I do check every so often as to what she has in her account and I wouldn't hesitate to add some "extra" if her balance were to get fairly low. I can see what she is spending and buying and there is nothing out of the ordinary. So far she is doing well managing her money and spending.
     
  14. checkwriter

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    My DS found this well-written "Disney College Program Survival Guide," apparently written for University of North Carolina - Wilmington. Well done, easy to read, and it includes a nice list of what to bring.
     
  15. jking6

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    I see your daughter wants to switch roles if she extends. Out of 8 girls in my DD apartment 2 were offered extensions. My DD was one of them but she turned it down as they wanted her to stay in Photopass. But about a week or so later she got an email whch said she must reply with 24 hours and she was offered an extention as a character attendant. I felt sorry for the other girls who really wanted to stay. My DD loves it and is there until May 10th. She is ready to come home for a while but already talking about applying for a professional internship when the time comes.

    My DD has asked in advance for time off and is coming home again next week for 8 days. One of her roommates last semester had to leave a week early for college and as long as it was no more than 10 days they let her sign out early. That is the most they can miss while there. Your DD may be able to leave before the wedding its worth a shot. they might approve it.
     
  16. jking6

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    I totally agree. My DD is there now and the problem seems to be the under 21 with alcohol and some one in the apartment over 21. If someone under 21 brings in the alcohol the 21 year old gets the boot and full blame. At registration get there early I mean (5am) so he gets a better place to stay. Have him stay anywhere but VISTA. From what I hear from alot of people is that Vista is the party rooms. If you walk up to a cast member ask about the program that is the advice we got. Good luck
     
  17. Hollsey

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    With all the respect in the world, I REALLY wouldn't recommend using Disney's system. I had issues with my direct deposit and all of my paychecks for my first month went onto my payroll card. I had enough money on my debit card to get me through, and I completely forgot about my payroll card and rarely used it aside from withdrawing money to use on my laundry. Basically all the money that I had on it was gone by the time I got home, and I know for a fact I had at least $50 on it. I've heard other people say the same thing, that it comes with hidden fees and everything. If you want your son/daughter to be good with his/her money without you needing to send anything, using Disney's payroll card is not the way to do it.

    Some people like the convenience of it, but I think it's well worth figuring out direct deposit. My nearest bank was 30 minutes away, and I knew people with a car that could take me there if there were any emergencies, but I never needed to go there. (I could go way more in depth than this, but you get the basics I hope!)

    Sorry :upsidedow I just get really nervous when people mention the convenience of those things because they are FAR from convenient. :thumbsup2
     
  18. carol-lamb

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    No - my daughter wants to keep her current role! She is a safari driver at Animal Kingdom and loves it. She has heard that you have a better chance of being offered an extension if you keep your current role. They will start notifying applicants around March 27th - so we shall see! I was down there two weeks ago and while I was waiting to ride on her safari, one of her managers came out to talk to me and she said my daughter was doing a good job. I have no idea how they decide who they offer extensions to or what it is based on.
     
  19. DISshopkeeper

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    ditto this. DD has some sort of trouble with that system, too, I can't remember the specifics. She could not WAIT to get direct deposit to her "regular" bank.
     
  20. jking6

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    I agree as well. If you use a credit union thats local to your home town they can use the Credit union ATM back stage and not get charged for withdrawals. Most credit unions work that way with each other. Thats what my daughter does now.
     
  21. jking6

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    I hope your daughter gets her extention. My daughter is now waiting to see if she can go seasonal. She extended in January and is done in May but wishes to stay seasonal.
    Lets hope they both get what they want! Good Luck
     

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