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  • Re: Increasing federal work study allowance?

    It depends on a lot of things. First of all, if you received $750 because that was all the "need" you had left, you will not get an increased FWS award even if you appeal. Look at your school's Cost of Attendance, then subtract your EFC. That is "need." From that, you have to subtract all subsidized aid (grants, scholarships, sub loan, FWS) - if the number is 0, you don't have any remaining need to allow an increased FWS award. In that case, if you have a sub loan that you did not accept, you can swap out sub eligibility for FWS ... IF the school has more FWS they can award. If you don't have any "need," however, there is no point in asking.

    If you do have some remaining need, you can ask to talk with a manager in the aid office. It is possible that they might have some FWS freed up ... it's worth asking.

    If you don't have need, or if there is no more FWS to be had, talk to your supervisor. It's still possible they may want to keep you.
  • Re: Say it here cause you can't say it directly- the get it off your chest thread

    You do NOT have the right to post about her death on FB - and tag both her and her mom. Did you not bother to notice that there is nothing on either of their FB accounts about it? Did you not bother to think that maybe this is not the forum her mother would have chosen to let others know of her very sudden death (that was just yesterday)? You are so very, very selfish. I know all you were thinking about was garnering sympathy for yourself. You are selfish, selfish, selfish.
  • Re: Prepping for financial award letters, any lessons learned when devil's in the detail?

    1) We had an HMO, and kids were covered for emergencies - just not routine stuff. They were covered for things like a strep test by their student health centers, though. D had a medical issue while in school many miles away, and I was able to work with the HMO's student liaison to get coverage for testing she needed. Call your insurer & ask to speak to someone about specifics of your policy.
    2) No, the estimates never seem to be quite right. We ordered as much as possible used, online (lots of great sites) - had to buy at bookstore at times, but we were able to keep costs down with careful shopping.
    3) Good idea.
    4) We didn't have fee surprises, but your child might ... fraternity/sorority, clubs, etc. Maybe trips.
    5) You may get a savings on your insurance if your insurer offers student-away coverage at a reduced rate (ours did).

    My advice in comparing offers is to take just the "real" costs ... tuition, fees, room board ... and just the "free" money (grants and scholarships). Subtract the latter from the former. THIS is what you need to compare. Do not compare COA to COA, because that really is not a good comparison.
  • Re: Republican Tax Proposal Gets Failing Grade From Higher-Ed Groups

    @thumper1 , I would love to say I think it's strange that the other stuff is included ... but unfortunately, I am no longer surprised by what is happening (just very, very disheartened). I keep wondering when I will wake up from this nightmare, because surely, it cannot be real.
  • Re: Republican Tax Proposal Gets Failing Grade From Higher-Ed Groups

    No, income taxes cannot be included in the COA, even with PJ. (I work in financial aid.)