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Parents of the HS Class of 2019 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA


Replies to: Parents of the HS Class of 2019 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA

  • AcersaccharumAcersaccharum Registered User Posts: 232 Junior Member
    @momzilla2D Good to know schools will not hold that late transcript against the kids if it was out of their hands. Congrats on the acceptance.

    Welcome @rfm512 and thanks for the inspirational admit story. It is so helpful to future applicants and the parents who are helping them.

    Congrats on everyone’s acceptances so far!
  • Turquoise52Turquoise52 Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    Congrats on admits and condolences on denials. D19 denied at Bates College this morning. She's not sweating it at all as it was never on her radar - a total lottery with average GPA and test scores way, way above hers. She wanted to apply to a school in Maine (from NorCal !?!?? This native-New Englander-who-will-never-go-back is merely an assistant in this process) and Bates was the most appealing to her of the options. As an FYI, Parchment and Cappex have been spot on in terms of predicting admittance and rejection for D19. Prep Scholar has not been accurate at all. We have two more to go, one on Monday, the other on Thursday.
  • carolinamom2boyscarolinamom2boys Registered User Posts: 7,059 Senior Member
    @Turquoise52 we found cappex pretty accurate bas well.
  • TS0104TS0104 Registered User Posts: 744 Member
    @NicoleGreen thanks for laying out your process. It sounds quite thorough and like it will have good results! We will be in the deciding process in the next couple of weeks and I will keep all of this in mind; I had made a list off the top of my head but yours is much more academic focused, which is obviously important!
  • Britmom5Britmom5 Registered User Posts: 372 Member
    We had a couple of expected rejections from reach schools - but also a painful rejection from one where S19's stats were well above their average. It seems quite a crapshoot in some ways. I know it all shakes out and they end up where they're meant to be - but that one stung!
  • rfm512rfm512 Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    "crapshoot" is the most on point description I"ve heard yet :))))
  • SwimmingDadSwimmingDad Registered User Posts: 912 Member
    @Britmom5 Sorry about the painful rejection. Yes, it truly is a crapshoot. The son of a couple I am close to was off the charts smart, talented, great kid. Ended up at Princeton. But when you look at where he was accepted and where he was rejected...there was no rhyme or reason. I feel so bad for these kids...and yes, I know it works out in the end as you said...but gosh it feels like it shouldn't be quite so painful!
  • collegeughhhcollegeughhh Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I am not a parent but all of you are parents so you may be more qualified to answer this question.

    So my parents have told me that they won't be able to take out any loans to help with my college education. I know that most loans you have to cosign but are there any that the parents don't have to cosign, or that they don't look at your parents' history and the number of loans and mortgages they have. Like my parents can't afford the school I want to go to but I am okay with taking out the loan to attend the school. If there are any parents that could give me your input?advice on my situation, I would greatly appreciate it
  • scholarmescholarme Registered User Posts: 2,663 Senior Member
    @collegeughhh , as far as I know there is a limit to how much you can borrow on your own, without a cosigner. As a freshman you can only borrow $5,500, then 6,500 the next year etc. There is also a total maximum of I think $31000.
    I think your parents are being very responsible for your future by not letting you get big loans - that is a huge burden on young graduates.
    One possibility you might want to consider, if your parents agree, is to get a deferral, take a gap year to work and save that money for tuition.
  • SwimmingDadSwimmingDad Registered User Posts: 912 Member
    @collegeughhh Reach out to the school ASAP and explain the situation and see if they can help. Be vulnerable...tell your situation and say they are where you want to go but your parents are unable to take loans. Best of luck...and feel free to come back here...there are lots of adults willing to help and guide.
  • NicoleGreenNicoleGreen Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    DCNatFan wrote:
    Prom is 5/3 and D19 is going with friends, no boyfriend. The HS then holds a post-prom at the school from 1-4 am with games, DJ, etc.

    This sounds like so much fun! I wish D19 school did something similar. I think she’d actually enjoy post-prom games more than the actual prom. Pretty sure all she likes about prom is getting dressed up.


    Yes, academics definitely played a huge role in our decision. D19 has a very specific career path in mind right now, so making sure the school she chose would provide her the opportunity to work toward that was really important. We both are completely aware she may change her mind, but we wanted to be sure that if she didn’t, those doors would be open to her.

    Something we discussed a lot during the entire process was that the point of college is to get a good job. The ECs, the college experience, the fun, that is all great, but it was always secondary for us on the priority list. In my experience, what I’ve found that really ends up making a difference is the quality of the Career Services office. It’s the old catch 22. You can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job. Two schools can be completely equal as far as quality of education, but the one offering internships, industry connections, and overall great career readiness services will make all the difference in the world in the end in landing the job. Those kids have a distinct advantage over the other school because they already have work experience and are prepared for the job search process. One school we looked at, actually offered a Work Orientation class for seniors. Similar to a Freshman Orientation class, but focused on landing a job and then being successful in it. I thought it was kind of a cool idea. The school she ended up choosing requires a similar class during sophomore year for all students wishing to do internships.


    Please be aware there is a difference between can’t co-sign and refuse to co-sign. Many parents feel that they cannot financially assist, but that doesn’t mean that they would actually be refused a loan.

    If your parents genuinely cannot co-sign. For instance, if they are rejected for loans because of bad credit, the government will increase the amount of loan you can receive by $4,500. This means you would be eligible to get $9,500 your first year. But that is the absolute max, you will be able to get on your own. To do this, your parents will need to apply for a Parent Plus Loan and then be rejected for you to qualify for the extra money. It’s not something I would recommend lightly. $10,000 a year is a lot of debt.
  • NicoleGreenNicoleGreen Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    edited March 16
    As others have said, do reach out to financial aid. Ask about Federal Work Study. Ask if there are any other scholarships you can apply for. Ask if there’s anything they can do or recommend. Ask about taking a Gap year and how that would effect your aid. Have you gotten a better option, more aid, from a different school? Sometimes schools are willing to match aid.

    In the end, though, I’d be prepared for them to tell you there isn’t anything they can do. Financially, this is very late in the game. Most schools have already finalized financial aid and discretionary money has already been handed out. It never hurts to ask, so definitely set up a meeting, just don’t be too devastated if they can’t help.

    So sorry. I’m sure it was really upsetting for your daughter. I’d just try to remind her to try not to take it too personally, especially if she applied RD. Schools need so many kids to fill this quota or that quota. Great kids get passed over all the time because they just aren’t what the school is looking for at this moment. Also, when you’ve got 100 identical performing applicants and only 10 spots, lots of amazing kids get cut. Sometimes, I think schools resort to picking names from hats for all the sense it makes.
  • GatormamaGatormama Registered User Posts: 1,065 Senior Member
    @collegeughhh - there is a financial aid/scholarship section of these forums and there are some amazing experts there who have given wonderful, useful, and accurate advice. I suggest posting your exact situation there - with more detail than you've given us. They will be able to help you figure out a plan. Good luck!
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