<p>UCSD has accepted me as a freshman. According to the current estimated award for the first year, I have gift aid for $14000, I need to take loan of $6600 and do Federal work-study for $2800. This will cover everything perfectly.
However, for the last two years, I have to move off campus. I asked a student in UCSD who rented a room with her friend, which cost each $800 a month. Plus the food and etc, she has to pay more than $1100 per month herself, which is a lot to a family. (including food) per month, cuz the rent is extremely expensive there)
I sent an email to UCSD FAFSA department, they said </p>
<p>""The award we offered you was only for the first year. You will file a new fafsa each year and a new award will be available. We do look at where you will be living and award appropriately. Instead of the money being given to the school for your housing it will go back to the student to pay their rent. However we cover an average amount so if your rent is extremely high you may have to come up with some of your own funding such as working."</p>
<p>If the award is unpredictable, how do I now I can afford it? and what can we do if the amount of money we need to pay is more than we can afford? According to the current estimated award, I still have to work for Federal work-study. Therefore, I'm assuming that I still need to work for work-study during my junior year and senior year. There is no time I can study, do work-study and work for another job at the same time. Any suggenstions?</p>