techincally, you should have the $ b) parents will give it to you or c) credit card
a) 1/3 of Columbia students are coming straight from undergrad and haven't been working and don't have the money
b) what if your parents don't have the money? Isn't that why you get loans in the first place??
c) credit card = interest and even more money shelled out - interest that is conveniently not in the student budget and not covered by the loans we're getting.
All I'm saying is that this whole nonsense about providing talented students with an education on a need-blind basis is BS when a school knows
that it's students are depending on the loans which are *technically* budgeted to include the first month's rent and deposit and they haven't been disbursed yet.