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hmm, i'm not sure what you mean by "selected."  did you already get your financial aid packet?  i think that you have to have filed a fafsa (so if you haven't done that, then maybe this isn't an option for you anymore), but i'm sure that there isn't a financial need requirement or anything like that (as opposed to perkins/stafford which is based on your efc). 

as far as i know, it's similar to a private loan in the sense that there isn't a cap to the amount of money you can take out (as long as it doesn't exceed your school's law student budget) and i think they have more lenient credit requirements.  almost all the big name lenders offer them now, so maybe you can try applying for one.

good luck!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: LEEWS CDs
« on: April 24, 2006, 06:47:53 AM »
are there different editions year to year, and if so, do they differ much?  also, if i buy used, i just need to make sure it includes 8 CDs, the primer book, and the 30 diagrams, right?


Incoming 1Ls / Re: OFFICIAL UCLA C/O 2009 THREAD!
« on: April 22, 2006, 09:07:21 AM »
is anyone going to try living at weyburn?  how early do i need to start looking for a place to live?  i was originally thinking around july when i actually go to la, but maybe i should start earlier than that?  i'd hate to fly out to la for a weekend just to go apt-hunting though

Financial Aid / Re: when to apply for private loans?
« on: April 20, 2006, 08:44:44 AM »
i think ppl usually wait until after the award letter (b/c it'll let you know how much stafford/perkins you get, and how much private you'll need).  i know the school i'm going to isn't mailing them until june, so i'll prob start looking right after.  also, there's usually info included on lenders that the schools have relationships with. 

in addition to private loans, there's grad plus loans which is another federal loan with no cap on the amount -- there's ton of grad plus info on this board that you can check out

you're not interested in going the Grad PLUS route?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: OFFICIAL UCLA C/O 2009 THREAD!
« on: April 20, 2006, 08:36:59 AM »
wait, me! i'm going to ucla!  i'm way psyched to be going to CA from the east

Financial Aid / Re: Do you think it matters that my mom is deaf?
« on: April 14, 2006, 03:29:47 PM »
i think you should definitely mention it to the financial aid office.  worst case scenario, they tell you that they can't give you any additional funds, and that'll happen whether you mention it or not.

i don't see the harm in letting them know -- maybe it will help, and if it doesn't, then at least you tried, right? 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College or Minnesota???
« on: April 14, 2006, 06:33:55 AM »
I know that rent in BC is rather high. Are there other costs that I should be aware of? What are the apartments like? I would need a two bedroom, what am I going to pay? I will have a car so I don't mind living a little ways away from the school, but I don't want to spend over 30 minutes a day commuting.

unfortunately, most of the undergrads i know lived in the allston-brighton area right on commonwealth ave. (which i wouldn't suggest for you b/c if you're bringing a car, it's hard to find parking there as it's right on the public transportation line) but when i did a search on craigslist for newton/newton center, and watertown and waltham (which are also close but usu. a little cheaper than newton), 2-bds were like 1500-2500.  in these towns, parking spaces usually come with the apartment, too.  commuting from these towns would definitely be under 30 mins.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American or Fordham
« on: April 13, 2006, 08:35:25 AM »
from your post, it seems like the only pro you have for fordham is that it's higher rated?  i personally don't think 32 vs. 43 is that significant.  you like american better and they have a better program in what you're interested in.  unless you want to stay close to home, it seems like american would be a better choice for you.

on the other hand, where do you eventually want to work?  if you want to settle in nyc, i think that would be a different story.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College or Minnesota???
« on: April 13, 2006, 08:17:02 AM »
i don't know much about minnesota, but i did undergrad at bc, and i just thought i'd throw in a few thoughts about bc.

i'm sure you've seen this already, but according to their career services website, about 10% of their graduates head out to west/southwest ( so i can't imagine there being a huge problem about finding a job in the region (plus, i'm sure their numbers are skewed lower b/c most students prefer to stay in the area).  i don't know though, maybe minnesota would be better on that end.

what i can tell you for sure is that quality of life at bc is amazing.  have you visited the school?  it's not actually in boston, it's in a suburb outside of it.  newton is very clean, very quiet, very safe, and is an ideal place for a family, esp. with a young child.  plus, the law school campus is separate from the main undergrad campus, so you can live close to the school and not have to deal with the drinking/partying on the weekends (the downside is that if you need anything on the main campus, you have to take a shuttle bus, unless you bring a car).  the city itself is like a 10 min. drive (but quite a lot longer by public transportation, maybe 30-40 min, depending on where you decide to live) and obviously, there's tons of culture/history/entertainment/etc.   it definitely is a cool place to live, and i think that since you'll be there for at least 3 years, that is an important factor (to me, anyway).

also, i've had only the best experiences when dealing with the schools admin/fin. aid/student services/etc. (although may be different with law school).

sorry i couldn't be more helpful on the law school itself, but let me know if you have any q's about the area.

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