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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: August 07, 2007, 02:57:53 PM »
The section-finding trick doesn't work for me (Firefox and Safari on my Macbook). I can log in to MyPlan, but when I click on "My Schedule," it comes up with a new login page, and I can't get past it. It says "Please Log In before accessing Workflow item H01.WESTS13A." Guess I'll hafta wait...

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: July 02, 2007, 02:49:45 PM »
I went with MEFA. One of the factors influencing my decision was the possibility for some private lenders to be bought up in whole or in part before you begin repayment. As I discovered during my research, Sallie Mae is big on doing this, apparently. Suddenly, the incentives that you expected to receive when repayment begins aren't there anymore -- it's up to the loan's new owner whether to honor those terms, since they're not in the contract that you signed. At least, this was my understanding from a couple afternoons of reading. My thinking was, with a semi-public entity like MEFA,  the possibility of buyout or dissolution is less.

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Financial Aid / Re: MEFA - Massachusetts students
« on: July 02, 2007, 02:39:28 PM »
I went for it, but it's been a couple weeks so I can't recall my exact decision-making process.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: June 27, 2007, 02:02:54 PM »
Hey, btw, anyone remember the address to mail the college certification to? I sort of, um, got mine signed and sealed without writing down the address on the form. I'm sure it's in the admit binder somewhere, but mine's across town and I'm working all day. Anyone recall?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: June 27, 2007, 02:01:08 PM »
PSA: If you're going to buy a computer and want to take advantage of HLS' so-generous contribution reduction (http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/sfs/basics/pamphlet.php#debt),
DON'T BUY YOUR COMPUTER UNTIL AFTER JULY 1! They don't tell you this online or anything, but only computers bought after the end of June are eligible.

(Yes, I just bought mine last week when the financial aid office wasn't replying to my emails. They got back to me today with the above information -- *grumble, grumble*)

But on this page
http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/sfs/billing/computer.php
it says:

Quote
Any computer purchased prior to June 15th of the summer before you enter HLS or after April 2nd of the year you graduate cannot be considered an "education-related" expense. Therefore, we cannot help you finance its purchase.

 ??? ??? ???

Yeah, I caught that too. I think the difference is that the page you linked is for computer loans, and the program I inquired about is for reducing the student contribution. There's a link from the page I linked to that would seem like it would have the details on this program (and the consumer debt payoff program), but it leads to a 404 error.

The woman who emailed me today did indicate that the list of covered accessories (monitor, etc.) on the page you linked applies to the reduction program, too.

What is the deal with this? Does this mean that the computer I buy this summer will count but the student debt that I payed off in April will not?

Also since they take this amount away from your student contribution, does that mean that they give you more grants in exchange?

Yeah, I mean that's what I interpreted it to mean. That's what I hope will happen. My personal case is now being discussed by the financial aid committee, so we'll see what happens.
Yes, please update when you know what the deal is. :)

Alright, so it came out in my favor after all. Basically, you buy a computer and all the necessary accessories (per the linked list), certify in September that you bought them with your own assets and submit your receipts to the fin aid office, and they'll reduce your student contribution. Since I already managed to embarrass myself by buying before July 1, I wasn't about to press the person who contacted me for details on whether the reduction would be redistributed among loans, grants, or both. But if someone else wants to try their hand...

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: June 19, 2007, 05:25:58 PM »
PSA: If you're going to buy a computer and want to take advantage of HLS' so-generous contribution reduction (http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/sfs/basics/pamphlet.php#debt),
DON'T BUY YOUR COMPUTER UNTIL AFTER JULY 1! They don't tell you this online or anything, but only computers bought after the end of June are eligible.

(Yes, I just bought mine last week when the financial aid office wasn't replying to my emails. They got back to me today with the above information -- *grumble, grumble*)

But on this page
http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/sfs/billing/computer.php
it says:

Quote
Any computer purchased prior to June 15th of the summer before you enter HLS or after April 2nd of the year you graduate cannot be considered an "education-related" expense. Therefore, we cannot help you finance its purchase.

 ??? ??? ???

Yeah, I caught that too. I think the difference is that the page you linked is for computer loans, and the program I inquired about is for reducing the student contribution. There's a link from the page I linked to that would seem like it would have the details on this program (and the consumer debt payoff program), but it leads to a 404 error.

The woman who emailed me today did indicate that the list of covered accessories (monitor, etc.) on the page you linked applies to the reduction program, too.

What is the deal with this? Does this mean that the computer I buy this summer will count but the student debt that I payed off in April will not?

Also since they take this amount away from your student contribution, does that mean that they give you more grants in exchange?

Yeah, I mean that's what I interpreted it to mean. That's what I hope will happen. My personal case is now being discussed by the financial aid committee, so we'll see what happens.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: June 18, 2007, 10:49:50 PM »
PSA: If you're going to buy a computer and want to take advantage of HLS' so-generous contribution reduction (http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/sfs/basics/pamphlet.php#debt),
DON'T BUY YOUR COMPUTER UNTIL AFTER JULY 1! They don't tell you this online or anything, but only computers bought after the end of June are eligible.

(Yes, I just bought mine last week when the financial aid office wasn't replying to my emails. They got back to me today with the above information -- *grumble, grumble*)

But on this page
http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/sfs/billing/computer.php
it says:

Quote
Any computer purchased prior to June 15th of the summer before you enter HLS or after April 2nd of the year you graduate cannot be considered an "education-related" expense. Therefore, we cannot help you finance its purchase.

 ??? ??? ???

Yeah, I caught that too. I think the difference is that the page you linked is for computer loans, and the program I inquired about is for reducing the student contribution. There's a link from the page I linked to that would seem like it would have the details on this program (and the consumer debt payoff program), but it leads to a 404 error.

The woman who emailed me today did indicate that the list of covered accessories (monitor, etc.) on the page you linked applies to the reduction program, too.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: June 18, 2007, 04:09:34 PM »
PSA: If you're going to buy a computer and want to take advantage of HLS' so-generous contribution reduction (http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/sfs/basics/pamphlet.php#debt), DON'T BUY YOUR COMPUTER UNTIL AFTER JULY 1! They don't tell you this online or anything, but only computers bought after the end of June are eligible.

(Yes, I just bought mine last week when the financial aid office wasn't replying to my emails. They got back to me today with the above information -- *grumble, grumble*)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010
« on: May 01, 2007, 05:36:15 PM »
Hey, so it's May 1st. I hope I haven't missed any deadlines... deposit's done, housing lottery's done... financial aid?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010
« on: April 27, 2007, 12:30:20 PM »
Baff - sent my deposit in, started the HAH app but just didn't have the energy, plus I wanted the camaraderie of dorm life for my first year. So Gropius it is!

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