I'm considering leaving the country.
I once made a post asking opinions on whether I should attend a CSU (California State University) or UCLA. I ended up going to the CSU because I was able to afford it. But I really, really despise it here. The professors don't care about improving me as a student. I haven't been challenged at all. I can honestly say that I regret my decision, and it will probably stay with me for the rest of my life unless I at least apply to University of British Columbia.
I am poor, but not in the "I can't afford my college meal plan so idk what I'm going to do about food" deal. I'm talking about washing my clothes in the CSU bathrooms by hand because I can't afford the laundromat. Living in a trailer my entire life (I'm serious, not even an apartment). So many other things that I don't wish to burden on you all.
I'm more of a need-based financial aid student than merit-based. I know I'm smart, but just simply not smart enough for grants or scholarships. In high school, I got an 1870 on my SATs and a 3.7 GPA. Also, a killer personal statement that is probably the only reason why I got into UCLA. But because of my parent's severe cancer, I started to slip and failed a couple of classes this past semester. From my understanding, the University of British Columbia doesn't reward need-based financial aid. Because of my slip up, I'm sure I cannot expect merit-based financial aid, right?
But I long to attend there.
I was wondering how financial aid works there. How much would I expect to pay for tuition? If there's even a small chance I could get in, perhaps I won't make the same mistake I made with UCLA.