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Cannot Go to College? Please Help.

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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 67,430 Senior Member
    edited January 12
    one important thing to keep in mind,... I think that if you do take a gap year and hope to gain admission as a freshman (and the big 4-year scholarships granted to freshmen) is that if you enroll in even one college course at community college you will no longer be considered a freshman...thus no longer eligible for the big scholarships to four-year programs.

    Colleges' policies vary as to what disqualifies a student from applying as frosh (e.g. a very small number of college credits after high school graduation may be allowed, or summer enrollment may be allowed). Check each college's web site (although it may be hard to find on many). However, the safest thing to do to preserve frosh eligibility during a gap year is not take any college courses after high school graduation.

    However, some colleges may limit frosh scholarships to those attending college immediately after high school (not frosh with gap years after high school). For example, here is a full ride that has that stipulation:
    http://www.pvamu.edu/faid/home/types-of-aid/scholarships/university-scholarships/
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 35,669 Senior Member
    @DoubleFantasy : any update? How are you?
  • DoubleFantasyDoubleFantasy Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    @MYOS1634 I am doing alright I guess. Taking the ACTs tomorrow as well as preparing to take the SATs again in March. Might as well try to maximize the amount of aid I can get right?

    If all goes to s**t, then, I will just have to work for a while to move out of the house. I feel that is one of the most important things I can do if I cannot go to college this year.

    One exception: I plan on joining the National Guard if I do pass my asthma test in March though, so if I am allowed to do that, I will pretty much be covered.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 35,669 Senior Member
    edited February 9
    Very good reasoning. Very mature and impressive. Sad that you have to think like that about your life as a teenager but you are doing what must be done and have a good plan.
    We're all rooting for you tomorrow - yesw maximize whatever money you can get through test scores. That's one thing in your control. Fingers crossed!
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