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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri Registered User Posts: 5,165 Senior Member
    Thank you, Fishnlines29. I must be too used to the quote box. :)
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 60,293 Senior Member
    edited December 2016
    Sorry for the confusion. The OP is a senior.

    It looks like he or she has a well balanced list (maybe a tad top heavy...but there are FL publics there too).

    If need based aid doesn't pan out at the schools on the list...this applicant does have Bright Futures and the FL schools.
  • ClarinetDad16ClarinetDad16 Registered User Posts: 3,379 Senior Member
    @thumper1 uChicago seems to require CSS to get uChicago aid.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 60,293 Senior Member
    edited December 2016
    https://financialaid.uchicago.edu/prospective-students/apply-for-aid/aid-application-guidelines

    No Chicago does NOT require the Profile. They use the fafsa and the University of Chicago worksheet.

    A student can substitute the Profile for the Chicago worksheet if they want to. But it is NOT required.

    And they also do NOT use non-custodial parent income either...at all.
  • goingnutsmomgoingnutsmom Registered User Posts: 1,544 Senior Member
    @thumper1, you've given out some wrong information on UChicago. UChicago needs the FAFSA from the student to qualify for financial aid from the federal government. It also however needs either their own financial aid form which is free or the Profile (which costs money) to qualify for institutional grant aid. It also is one of the few private schools that does not require the noncustodial parent's information to make a determination for their financial aid. I believe that Vanderbilt may be another one.

    Always go to the school's website to make sure about their prerequisites for fin aid. Things do change and every school can do things differently.
  • goingnutsmomgoingnutsmom Registered User Posts: 1,544 Senior Member
    @ucbalumnus, yes UChicago appears to just have made the switch.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 60,293 Senior Member
    Excuse me....that is exactly what is posted in that link.

    Students complete the fafsa...and the Chicago Fiancial aid worksheet. They are NOT required to complete the Profile form...at all.

    I wrote
    Chicago does not require the Profile. They use the FAFSA and the University of Chicago Worksheet

    I also stated that the Profile can be substituted for the Chicago form.

    See post 19.

    @goingnutsmom
  • goingnutsmomgoingnutsmom Registered User Posts: 1,544 Senior Member
    @thumper1, I was responding to your post #6 where you mentioned that it is a FASFA school only. That post did not mention anything else. I type slow... so my response came in later than your more detailed one.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 60,293 Senior Member
    edited December 2016
    University of Chicago made the switch to the current financial,aid process for,the students enrolling in 2016. I believe this is the second admission round with the current financial aid application process.

    The school wanted to be more accessible to,students who had non-custodial parents, and difficulty getting the forms completed.

    They are the only college that meets full need that does not require the Profile (except Princeton...whose own form is very similar to the Profile).

    Really, it's a wonderful option.
  • goingnutsmomgoingnutsmom Registered User Posts: 1,544 Senior Member
    UChicago made a lot of changes to their financial aid with the No Barriers program. My daughter applied last year to UChicago and this was huge pitch in their presentation. But I seem to remember when filling out the fin aid forms that they still wanted non custodial info last year. Or maybe we filled out a non updated form early in the process.

    I also remember Vanderbilt making a fuss about not considering the noncustodial parents info in their presentation. Good options to have for kids whose parents are not cooperating in helping them through college.
  • ReturningFavorReturningFavor Registered User Posts: 223 Junior Member
    To OP...

    Consider leveraging your stats (which are very good) for a scholarship to a lower tier school with a solid honors program. I understand wanting to go to a great/top school (my oldest felt the same), but you also have to be sure that you keep realistic financial options open. There is something to be said for being a big fish in a small pond. Aside from the financial perks they throw at you, you may get ample opportunities as one of their highly touted students. Given your location desire, you might want to consider, for instance, Catholic University.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 22,336 Senior Member
    edited January 1
    If OP is a senior, this is late in the game. There are reasons he looks good for a top private college, but there is solid competition for many on his list, from other FL kids.

    I'm not sure if he played with the NPC (even as a divorced family,) to see what the damage might be, a hypothetical worst case. But we don't know what the father's job is (self employed or other,) what "good money" means.

    Yes, he has to talk with the parents.

    And @Boston21 are you looking at international relations or intl studies majors? That's the common heading. From there you spring into more intense or detailed focus. Yes, UFL has it.


    adding: I missed blossom's post, but she's exactly right. Many ways to catch that bear.
  • scmom12scmom12 Registered User Posts: 2,427 Senior Member
    Also some schools have programs similar to study abroad but domestic so you can go to another US college for a semester or year. Also lots of schools have a Washington semester. Lots of times these programs don't cost more - same tuition and financial aid goes with you.

    Agree with @blossom above. Plenty of opportunities at most good instate schools. Look for good research opportunities and study abroad options.
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