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sybbie719 Super Moderator

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  • Re: Filling out Parent 2 information even though they won't pay (QUESTBRIDGE)

    If people could simply say, I don't want to pay and get full financial aid, everyone would suddenly say, I don't want to pay and attend school for free.

    If you have a parent who has means to pay and refuses to pay, Questbridge will not make up the difference. If the amount that your mom makes + what your dad makes is over 60k, then you will not be eligible.
  • Re: How to estimate FA with an ED app (and FA estimates with $25k range)

    the whole premise of ED is in exchange for an early decision, if accepted, you will attend. You get a small window to decide. There is already an expectation that you have done your due diligence regarding affordability when you applied.

    You, your child and the GC sign off on ED that you understand the process when you are applying ED.

    Also when you are accepted ED, you are to withdraw all applications and not make any new ones. While you are only concerned with your kid, your high school is looking to maintain relationships with the college because they will have other students applying. At some high schools once you receive the acceptance your application process stops until the school receives notice from the school or the parent, that you are not taking the offer.
  • Re: How much need based aid requirements hurts in college admission for a top ORM student?

    She is going to meet smart kids and her academic/intellectual peers no matter where she goes. She will come across many smart kids at a multitude of schools because the school was the most financially feasible for the family, kid got a generous scholarship, parent got a good TE deal or works for the university, etc.

    One of the goals of a college is to choose a well rounded class not simply a bunch of kids with similar stats that can be interchangeable to one another.

    With most of the top 15 schools having admissions rates under 15% with the top 5 perhaps hovering around 5% many really bright and accomplished kids will be denied admission as the college's tries to fulfill their institutional mission
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  • Re: Good Target Schools with Good Pre-Med Programs

    What constitutes low income?
    Does your family income make you EOP/SEEK/ or HEOP eligible

    See income guidelines here


    You will not be academically eligible for EOP/SEEK, but you will be financially eligible and probably academically eligible for HEOP schools

    Run the net price calculators at schools that you are interested in attending

    Also run the TAP estimator to see how much NYS aid you are eligible for


    Are you in NYC, Long Island or Upstate?

    If you are in NYC, you definitely need to apply to CUNY so that you could have a financially feasible option.
    I would even recommend tossing a application at the Sophie Davis @ Hunter College (it will be a reach because you are right below the midpoints of 1400 and 95 GPA, but it could be part of your 6 school CUNY application along with tossing an application to Macauley honors).

    Remember, pre-med is an intention, not a major. pretty much every school has a pre-med advisor and you do not have to major in biology to go into medicine.

    You should definitely toss applications at SUNY (if you are fee waiver, EOP eligible, you will get 4 free applications through the SUNY portal)

    Your scores are right on the edge for honors colleges at SUNY


    If you are a young woman, you should definitely toss an application at Barnard, because you are in the range.
    Also don't sleep on the Womens colleges- Smith and Mount Holyoke where you will be a match for admission, they meet 100% demonstrated need, are part of the 4 college consortium. Toss an application at Wellesley and Bryn Mawr.

    If you are HEOP eligible, I would recommend checking out and tossing applications for HEOP programs at Columbia, Cornell, NYU, Fordham (they will not pay for dorms if you are in NYC), Hamilton, Colgate, Skidmore and a host of other HEOP schools.

    hope this helps

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  • Re: High school charges $$ for transcript

    @3puppies wrote:

    OP, if you are concerned about the legality of this process, have you inquired with the School Board as to how and when they officially adopted this policy - you can request them point you to the minutes of a Board of Ed meeting where it was voted on.

    Even after that, if they can prove it was voted on as a formal policy, you might then ask if they have gotten an opinion from your State Dept of Education as to its legality. You have a right to know this information about how their policies have been adopted, whether they were properly vetted, etc.

    This is not and would not be considered school board/state education department policy but an individual school policy based on how that school chooses to use it's resources.

    As @roycrofymom stated you have the right to a free and appropriate public education(FAPE) if attending public school. This does not mean unlimited free transcripts. Your child is receiving a FAPE. Like someone else mentioned up-thread, sometimes there is a charge to discourage students taking advantage and tying up the school's resources.

    At my school, students used to come to my office and asked for copies of transcripts just because they can. It was making kids late for class, disrupting schedules/meetings that counselors had with other students/parents/administrators/ peers.

    Students get an unofficial copy of their permanent record every semester in their advisory class in order to check if the grades and credits granted are correct . Any discrepancies are handled in writing. The counselor will meet with students at least once a year to discuss the transcript , where the student will sign that they attended the meeting and the information on the transcript is correct. Now that most schools have Skedula, Engrades or some type of grading software, that students can see their grades year over year, there is very little need for students to get a paper copy of their transcript for their own personal use or self report grades.

    Students do not receive official copies of the transcript without documentation from the party requesting the transcript stating what the transcript is being used for. All transcripts that are going to colleges, scholarship competitions, etc. must be mailed from the school.

    Where public schools has limited resources, there are often no dedicated personnel around to do nothing but process transcript requests. our school charges for any transcript that must be printed and mailed. You must submit a written request. If you lose your class program, you are charged a $1 for a replacement. If you lose/damage your student ID cards, you must pay for a replacement. If you lose your metro card, it takes a couple of days to replace where you will have to pay your own transportation charges to go to school.

    Fear not, once they get to college, they will have to pay a fee to get a transcript from there too!!