on the note of finaid. I got my fin aid decision/award letter today. all loans- subsidized and unsubsidized federal and grad plus. not too surprised, but i was hoping for a little money. might try to negotiate. when i saw the expected parental contribution i laughed, then cried a little, then i saw the loan total and cried a lot. i cannot believe i'm going so far in debt.
I feel your pain. I got my award letter the other day, and I got some grant $$, but not at all what I was expecting. The expected parent/student contribution is ridiculously high on mine.
I actually tried calling today - spoke to someone in financial aid and someone in admissions; neither was too helpful. The financial aid rep told me that they can look over my FAFSA and all that again, but I would have to send in a letter specifically requesting that, as well as pointing out in the letter why I feel I can't contribute that much. The admissions rep told me that all the scholarship money is gone for this year. "Well, if you really want to go to GW, you're just going to have to take out loans. Everyone does it." I know everyone does it, but it's still painful.