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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?

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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?

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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.

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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).

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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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