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Financial Aid / Re: Need Based Grants
« on: March 08, 2009, 07:51:31 PM »
I see your point but I deferred from last year, so no other schools.

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Financial Aid / Re: Need Based Grants
« on: March 08, 2009, 06:18:25 PM »
Well, I'm going to Michigan for sure. FAFSA is done. I also filled out their questions that supposedly determine whether you qualify for grants. If you do, I believe it directs you to fill out Need Access. If you don't qualify, it sends you on your merry way. Which begs the question, though, of whether (at Mich.) people who don't qualify for grants still need to fill out Need Access. It certainly isn't very clear. Anyone who knows, please share.

Also, if parental iformation is so important in determining grant need, then why would Michigan have a question set that tells you if you're likely or not likely to qualify for need based grants BEFORE having you fill out Need Access? All these questions ask about are assets, previous debt and whether you received grants for undergrad.

And I just think it's a bit crazy that given I'm already in moderate debt, and have virtually no assets (negative net worth), I still don't seem to be a candidate for grants. Which returns me to my previous question: Who is?

I just don't get it...

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Financial Aid / Need Based Grants
« on: March 03, 2009, 06:44:43 PM »
Can anyone tell me what the general criteria are for determining eligibility for these things?

They claim that grants are available for students with "demonstrated financial need". I can't think of a better candidate than myself, but apparently it doesn't seem I'm eligible.

Who is?

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Gotcha.

Probably going to assume I'm not getting any - especially since I've already signed a binding agreement to attend almost a year ago; they've no incentive to bait me with cash.

An email to admissions probably couldn't hurt, though.

Thanks all.

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Okay, well thanks. How were you informed, and when? And I guess it's not as if they inform you in any way if you're NOT getting anything? You just assume as much by not hearing anything?

I suppose, ideally, it'd be best to hear from another person who deferred and also received merit money, but I'm sure there aren't tons who frequent this board.

But anyone else with knowledge, please share.

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I posted this question earlier in the fin. aid section, but I've a feeling if there's anyone who can help me they might be found in here. So sorry in advance, I don't mean to thread highjack or anything....

Okay, so I applied to Michigan during the 07-08 cycle specifically requesting deferred admission, which was granted. So obviously that's where I'll be going.

The (multi-faceted) question is this: How does Michigan typically inform admitted students of merit based aid, and is this handled by the admissions office or the financial aid office? I know you're 'automatically considered' for merit aid, but I received no info. following my initial acceptance and am not sure whether it's because I'm not getting any or if it's because I deferred and they figured they'd deal with me closer to the time of my entrance date (which is May 09). I will be submitting all my other required financial aid information very soon and just want to make sure that any (potential) merit money is known about and included before the rest of my aid package is calculated and presented to me. And FWIW, my LSAT/GPA combo would place me just slightly ahead of the middle of the pack, so it's not a no-brainer whether I should be expecting money or not. Also, I'm very, very white.

Clearly, I'll get in touch with the school about this, I just (a) wanted to know if I could get any info on here before bugging them; and, (b) was hoping I might find out which is the appropriate office to pester about this before shooting off emails/phone calls.

Many thanks to anyone who can help!

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Financial Aid / Potentially Unique Case - Michigan Deferral
« on: March 02, 2009, 11:10:32 PM »
Okay, so I applied to Michigan during the 07-08 cycle specifically requesting deferred admission, which was granted. So obviously that's where I'll be going.

The (multi-faceted) question is this: How does Michigan typically inform admitted students of merit based aid, and is this handled by the admissions office or the financial aid office? I know you're 'automatically considered' for merit aid, but I received no info. following my initial acceptance and am not sure whether it's because I'm not getting any or if it's because I deferred and they figured they'd deal with me closer to the time of my entrance date (which is May 09). I will be submitting all my other required financial aid information very soon and just want to make sure that any (potential) merit money is known about and included before the rest of my aid package is calculated and presented to me. And FWIW, my LSAT/GPA combo would place me just slightly ahead of the middle of the pack, so it's not a no-brainer whether I should be expecting money or not. Also, I'm very, very white.

Clearly, I'll get in touch with the school about this, I just (a) wanted to know if I could get any info on here before bugging them; and, (b) was hoping I might find out which is the appropriate office to pester about this before shooting off emails/phone calls.

Many thanks to anyone who can help!

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