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Financial Aid / Loans to Pay Living Expenses?
« on: April 15, 2009, 10:52:38 PM »
Does anyone know if there are limits and/or drawbacks to borrowing money for living expenses while in school?  Are there restrictions specific to the govt.-sponsored or backed loans?

Where should I go next fall? / 'Bama?
« on: March 26, 2009, 10:58:34 PM »
Does anyone have any thoughts as to how good a school Alabama is, and/or what the atmosphere is like?

Does anyone know if Wake Forest allows students to take exams by computer, or if they must write them out by hand?
It sounds silly to ask, but I can't write by hand to save my life; I type everything.

Where should I go next fall? / Odds on keeping scholarship?
« on: March 11, 2009, 09:46:51 PM »
I just received a nice scholarship offer from Indiana (Bloomington) that has a minimum GPA requirement (3.2); does anyone know whether the school requires that all grades average out to a certain value, and if so, what it is?  (Forgive my ignorance for not knowing the specific term for this kind of curve).

I've been accepted to a few (30's & 40's) Tier 1 and high Tier 2 schools, which I'm thrilled about, as well as to some Tier 4 schools.  I have not received any scholarships to the Tier 1 & 2 places, but I have some nice offers from the Tier 4 schools.  I would have to take on a lot of debt to pay for the better schools.  I know the conventional answer is "the better schools will be worth it in the long run," but I'm really not so sure.
One, I'm older and I won't have as long of a career to make up for the debt.  Two, my undergraduate experience has left a bad taste in my mouth.  I went to a small, fairly expensive liberal arts school on the assumption that the school's reputation would trump larger public universities. The school was highly ranked in the press (#1 for our region), but it wasn't Ivy League.  When I graduated, I (as well as almost all of my friends) had a terrible time finding a job.  People outside of my area had never heard of it, and simply assumed it was a party school.  Worse, the college's recruiting help was nonexistent.  I would've been much better off going someplace cheap that at least had some name recognition, if only for its sports team.
Advice, anyone, preferably based on real-world hiring?

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