2 college students low family income

<p>I'm more or less asking this question so I'm a bit more informed when I go to talk to my parents about this. I am applying for readmission to University of Delaware (4 semesters done there not that it matters) and I would be going back this fall. My brother who is a senior now is attending Cornell in the fall. My parents do not make a whole lot of money, we own a small family farm and I hate putting any financial pressure on them. I'm wondering if there are any breaks that we will possibly get for having my brother and I both in college (I will be paying out of state tuition at UD) </p>

<p>I will mention that my brother got A LOT of help from Cornell, however it will still be quite a stretch for my parents to put us both through without a good amount of help...I am willing to take on student loans but I would rather not have huge loans. </p>

<p>Thank you very much for any info.</p>

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<p>That is likely going to be the big problem. You may end up with a lowish EFC with 2 in college, but as an OOS student, UDel isn't likely going to care. OOS publics generally don't help OOS students meet need (which is why they charge OOS rates.) Publics usually can't meet the needs of their own in-state students (and those costs are much lower.)</p>

<p>What was in your prior aid packages from UDel???</p>

<p>What is your in-state public. You probably would get better aid/price there.</p>

<p>The Cornell situation is completely different. It's private and an ivy with a big endowment.</p>

<p>my in state is UConn and to be honest I just don't want to go there, I know its a good school. Also I would have to transfer which is a real pain, and who knows if I would actually get in etc. </p>

<p>At UDel I ended up having to come up with around 15k out of 30.</p>

<p>This was my finical aid for UDEl</p>

<p>Award Category Career Amount Offered
Federal Perkins Loan Loan Undergraduate $1,500.00
Federal SEOG Grant Undergraduate $1,000.00
Federal Pell Grant Grant Undergraduate $5,000.00
Federal College Work-Study Work/Study Undergraduate $1,500.00
Federal DL Subsidized Loan Loan Undergraduate $3,500.00
Federal DL Unsubsidized Loan Loan Undergraduate $2,000.00
Univ of Del Need-Based Grant Grant Undergraduate $10,000.00</p>

<p>Total $24,500.00
It cost $32,000 a year </p>

<p>I needed 7.5k. Out of state sucks for the most part unless you have money
Also my brother goes to Georgetown. In no way did it effect how much they could give me.</p>

<p>It looks like UDel is actually very generous with OOS students...a public U that gives $10K of their own funds in need based aid to an OOS student is unusual indeed. Do they give merit aid as well? Is the $32K the full COA, including books, transportation, etc? If so, that's likely an inflated number over what you would actually incur for unbilled expenses (and, in my experience, even room & board is often inflated for COA estimates).</p>

<p>m3deman, are you likely to qualify for need based aid like Pell next year when your EFC is halved? Do you pay full OOS rates or something based on New England Regional Tuition? What was your EFC when you paid $15K?</p>

<p>Collegeguz is a highly desirable high stats male URM who is an incoming freshman. :) That may account for UDel's generousity. </p>

<p>The OP isn't an incoming freshman. </p>

<p>He's applying for readmission, so UDel has no incentive to give him a great package or to give him any scholarships.</p>

<p>It is not likely that he'd get much money from UDel.</p>

<p>He can "hope for the best," but he needs to prepare for the worst and also apply to UConn.</p>

<p>Yes but regional tuition and Pell are not restricted to freshmen. So UD gives need based grants rather than merit aid for stats? Interesting....</p>


<p>I'm not sure what UDel's guidelines are for merit vs grants. However, schools are known to throw grants in for students that are highly desirable for whatever reason - preferential packaging.</p>

<p>I know an OOS student who has been given an untypical grant to an OOS public just because he's from an odd state that the school needed more students.</p>

<p>^Yes, seems odd that there's only need based grant and no merit money though, doesn't it? Usually the extra need grants are thrown on top of merit money! From UD's website:</p>

The University of Delaware offers an unusually larger number of academic scholarships. For the Class of 2010, roughly one-quarter of the students who were offered freshman admission were also offered an academic scholarship that was based solely on academic merit without regard to financial need. Amounts ranged from $1,000 per year for four years all the way up to full scholarships (known as the Eugene DuPont Memorial Distinguished Scholar Awards, 10-12 full scholarships, including tuition, room & board, and books). Most scholarships awarded were in the range of $2,000 to $4,000 per year.</p>

<p>There is no set of "numbers" (SAT/ACT scores, GPA, class rank) that will guarantee a scholarship or scholarship amount. Rather, we look at the whole of a student's record, especially the rigor of the course selection in high school and the trend in grades from freshman to senior year. For the Class of 2010, most scholarship winners were in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, with many in the top 5%; most had A or A- high school GPAs, and most had SATs of 1300 or higher.</p>

<p>But some students with lower scores in one or two of these categories were also offered scholarships when the Committee was impressed with the unusual rigor of their high school or the curriculum they pursued. Outstanding out-of-class accomplishments and leadership, strong endorsements in letters of recommendation, a background or heritage that would lend diversity to our campus, a parent who is an alumnus/a of the University, and exceptionally strong writing samples also play a part in our scholarship decisions; the strength and excellence of the high school record are always the most important considerations, however.


<p>Another odd thing is that their estimated COA ($32,494) does NOT include books, transportation, or personal expenses.</p>

<p>*Another odd thing is that their estimated COA ($32,494) does NOT include books, transportation, or personal expenses. *</p>

<p>I don't know why some schools do that. It's so misleading when people are trying to compare.</p>