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So, it is my first kid going to college and I am getting really confused about the billing/financial aid disbursement process. Got a bill from college today for the full cost of the fall semester with no information about FA pending anywhere on the account. The FA page still has the original FA offer, but no information on the status or time frame for disbursement. So, right now it looks like we are expected to pay the full amount upfront? Not like there is any way in the world we can do it anyway, even if we get reimbursed later. The due date for the bill is about 3 weeks before the classes start and I already missed the part about federal loans not being disbursed until 10 days before the beginning of the semester. Now I wonder what else I missed. The original paperwork from the Financial Services did show the estimated amount due after FA, which is what I expected to see on the bill. I'll have DD call them tomorrow of course, it was too late to do it today because of the time difference. I would really appreciate any personal experiences with such situations.11 replies