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GPA / 2 states - frustration x100

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Replies to: GPA / 2 states - frustration x100

  • SybyllaSybylla Registered User Posts: 2,746 Senior Member
    edited January 11
    If that was my kid, I wouldn't even consider an OOS rate residential uni. He needs to consider community college. If he can establish his own Texas residency then that is an adult approach to getting what he wants. He could relocate and get a job for a year and then work his way through college. UH must have plenty of non trad kids doing this as post CC transfers.
  • ga19texga19tex Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    Thank you everyone for your input and helpful advice. This has been quite the learning process! I did not even know Miss State did not SuperScore but we've paid for another test and he is going, lol can't hurt right? We are hopeful about UofH and Miss State as of today. I believe all other schools will probably be a no-go due to low GPA.

    He's realizing the gravity of the situation and man, this is so tough. DH lost his job in Texas due to the oil and gas bust and was out of work for 8 months. S19 has a endocrine disorder and we had to keep him on Cobra for EIGHT FRIGGIN months and then had to relocate to the job in Massachusetts, we could no longer wait for a job in Houston.

    He's a good kid, just got sideways with leaving the place he really loved. TX schools are no joke and he soared with being in the marching band, football (he was the only kid out of 1K to do this). Schools here, please no offense, but they are way less in expectations (this is a good thing believe me) and he was just so screwed up with moving he just couldn't handle the transition. He has enjoyed football and ski team here and he's better for the most part.

    Thanks again
  • SybyllaSybylla Registered User Posts: 2,746 Senior Member
    edited January 11
    Is there any room to appeal residency with him having been a freshman and soph in Texas? It really would be worth picking up the phone to each of the Texas schools. The point though, is can you afford it even if they gave him instate tuition? That is over 20K a year. Do you know your FAFSA EFC?
  • ga19texga19tex Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    Thank you Syblla - Yes we can afford 20k but we anticipate for S19 to take out a loan but not for all of it!

    How do you find out FAFSA EFC? We did apply for FAFSA and everything went thru but don't know how to find out your FAFSA EFC
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 73,142 Senior Member
    If you completed a FAFSA, you should have received a SAR (Student Aid Report). The EFC is clearly noted on that.

    But more important...so the net price calculators for ALL of his colleges. The FAFSA EFC will be the MINIMUM you will be expected to pay each year. None of these colleges meet full need for all.

    You mention some health issues. He will need health insurance in another state if yours doesn’t cover him in other states. Please check that because this could add a couple thousand dollars a year to your costs...and travel too.

    Has he applied to any MA public universities? You are instate for those now...right. maybe UMass Dartmouth?

  • ga19texga19tex Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    we had a minor glitch on the FAFSA but Im on chat with them now and got it fixed, all good with the FAFSA! found the EFC # and now looking thru SAR
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 73,142 Senior Member
    You need to run the net price calculators!!!
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 72,920 Senior Member
    ga19tex wrote:
    Lived in Texas his Freshman year - had a weighted GPA of 3.5

    Found out today the Mass school will not combine the GPA's and leaves him now with a weighted 2.55 GPA

    Weighted GPAs across different high schools tend to be meaningless.

    Try using the records from both high schools to calculated an unweighted academic high school GPA over both high schools. Mississippi State uses these courses to calculate high school GPA: https://www.admissions.msstate.edu/freshmen/apply/admission-requirements/high-school-course-requirements/
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 72,920 Senior Member
    Sybylla wrote:
    Is there any room to appeal residency with him having been a freshman and soph in Texas?

    http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/9328.PDF gives the questions to determine Texas residency for tuition purposes.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 13,482 Senior Member
    edited January 12
    Please accept the kid on your couch as he is. Life happens. Many families relocate for jobs, for many reasons. States need to set residency requirements and you now can claim it for Mass.

    Reread post #16. Definitely have son discuss options for schools with his HS guidance counselor. The reality is that you are living in Massachusetts now and Texas is past history. It may be that community college will be the path your son needs to take before a four year one. It is important that he shore up his knowledge and skills base so he can be successful. The journey to long term success often has blips and path detours. Your son needs to show he can do the work he did years ago with future grades.

    I never heard of any HS combining another school's with its own gpa, regardless of the state. Too many variables that it would not be right to do so.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 19,926 Senior Member
    My kids went to 3 different high schools and definitely had a combined gpa. Not to their advantage, either.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 73,142 Senior Member
    Has this Massachusetts resident student looked at any of these:

    UMass Dartmouth, Westfield State, Worcester State, Framingham State
  • ga19texga19tex Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    Thanks again y'all. We of course accept our kiddo for the wonderful human he is! He really is an awesome kid and it has been nothing short of amazing watching him grow up to the person and young man he is today. Yes, he knows he lives up in Mass but our roots/family are all in Atlanta, GA and that is why he'd like to be back in the south. He's a bit a fish out of water up here, we are not a generational family dating back to the Mayflower like most are. So, we choose to support his goals of getting back down south. We understand (now) that the GPA's cannot merge and all is well with that...

    S19 Unweighted GPA are 3.1 and 2.89 and midterms are next week for him and end of 1st semester. He had one class with a C and the others are A's and B's....he is going to try to get that C to a B, fingers crossed.

    We are going to have him apply to Mass schools this weekend. All we can do is work with what we have and go from there.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 73,142 Senior Member
    He's a bit a fish out of water up here, we are not a generational family dating back to the Mayflower like most are.

    I hope this was tongue in cheek!

    I guess the BIG question is...how much can you pay? The public universities in the south are likely to be unaffordable...except maybe Mississippi. Not sure what’s the deal now at the Louisiana publics, but some of them used to have decent merit aid as well.
  • mamag2855mamag2855 Registered User Posts: 750 Member
    @ga19tex I have family members who attended Framingham State U and Westfield State U, within the last few years. They both had great experiences and both Unis have a lot to offer.
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