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Financial Aid at Cal Poly SLO v. UC Davis (professional judgment)
I'm an older student working on my first bachelors. I went to a tech college when I was younger, and I currently make decent money (though here in the Bay area its barely enough to survive). I accepted at Cal Poly before realizing that UC Davis had offered me $19,000 in grants when Cal Poly only offered me, originally, $5700. I got my grants up to over $6k at Cal Poly and hope to get more once I do "professional judgment" where I basically report that I quit my decent-paying job in order to move to SLO and attend school, but I don't even know if I will get it high enough to cover tuition. Davis is offering enough grants to cover tuition AND some.... and I really can't understand why.
I'm scared I'm making a huge mistake accepting Cal Poly, but my husband does not want to live in Sacramento area, and I cannot afford to take out more student loans. Has anyone ever dealt with professional judgment before? The financial aid advisor I was working with was not very nice and I'm afraid to ask her more questions, fearing she's going to get annoyed with me and help me even less :( Cal Poly was always my top choice, I just can't understand the huge disparity in grants offered.