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  • Re: How to get financial aid if my parents make plenty of money, but won't pay?

    ^ for instance, op may know s/he doesn't qualify for merit aid (act 23 or 2.9 GPA, this kind of thing ). We can't assume act 30+ just because it's cc.

    Without stats we don't know.
  • Re: MIT student cut off financially--looking for options

    There are no full rides for transfer students.
    Additionally, you probably cannot go to community college as the MIT curriculum is very intense (for instance, calc 1 at MIT covers 'regular' calc 1+2) so you may not have classes to take.
    Did something happen? Could their decision be reversed?
    Dis you have a fallout? Or did they have a financial issues they didn't tell you about?
    Do they want you to drop out and work a minimum job?
    Who have you talked to at MIT yet? Call your adviser, financial aid if you haven't yet.
  • Re: Am I pretty much done for?

    Ucsc is a good possibility.
    Most Cal States are matches, too. Apply to your favorite 3-4.
    Sonoma state is relatively residential and a low match to safety for you. They have the Hutchins program, where a small group of students take interdisciplinary classes in the arts and science together.
    Look into St Mary's of California, ULaVerne, Cal Lutheran, perhaps Chapman. Run the NPC. You would probably get merit scholarships there and you're admitted to the university, not a major, so you can choose after taking a few classes instead of when you apply as a freshman.
  • Re: Is going out of state worth it?

    You MAY be eligible for financial aid at "meet need" colleges depending on your parents' income. But you must give us a approximation or range and let us know whether they own a farm.
  • Re: Is going out of state worth it?

    OK, so if as per NPC at top "meet need" schools you would get "full tuition", I'm guessing they're leaving about 15-16K for room/board/books. Focus on "meet need" schools that don't include loans in the package (so that you can use thatto decrease EFC costs left to your responsibility).
    That means:
    Amherst, Bowdoin, Brown, Colby, Columbia, (Cornell if your income is at 75K or below),Davidson, Franklin&Marshall, Olin, Harvard, Haverford, (MIT if your income is at 75K and below), Pomona, (Northwestern if 75K and below), Princeton, (Rice if 80K and below), Stanford, (Uchicago if 75 and below), Vanderbilt, (Vassar, Wellesley WashU if 60K and below), (Williams if 75K and below), Washington&Lee, Yale.
    Obviously all of these are super selective and would all be reaches. Your best shot is probably Colby, Davidson F&M, perhaps Olin (they're a small, elite hands-on engineering school linked to Babson and Wellesley; their selection process is specific and in two rounds: round 1 is your commonapp, round 2 is a weekend where you have to respond to a team challenge and go through an interview - weekend fare paid by the college and round1 results all destroyed, you get acceptance or not on your "challenge" and interview only.) So, I'd include all 4 of them (or the first 3 if Olin is not of interest), then add 2-3 from the rest of the list. Start working on the commonapp specific essays (copy the prompts now, before commonapp goes into "reset mode").

    Not owning a farm will help.