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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Orientation Packet Posted
« on: August 17, 2006, 04:39:41 PM »
The F&J boat cruise will also be lovely, I'm sure. ;)

Speaking of the boat cruise. Ladies, any thoughts on attire? I want to make sure I decide early what to wear so I can send out it for dry cleaning if need be and get some new black sandals if I decide to wear a certain dress since my dog decided my favorites were a really good chew toy the other day  :'(

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Orientation Packet Posted
« on: August 17, 2006, 04:23:11 PM »
Ugh, there's a map of the theatre where we'll have some orientation activities.  We'll have to walk, like, a whole block.  Outside.  In August.

Maybe UT Law will be like when you go to an all inclusive resort in the Bahamas and they give you a goody bag? Perhaps our goody bag will have those cute little personal fans with the little misters attached. A girl can dream right?

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Anyone know when tuition bills come?
« on: August 17, 2006, 03:50:19 PM »
That is absolutely ridiculous. It's such a hassle that I'm thinking of not accepting my scholarship since it's not for that much money and I'd rather not have to deal with it.

Please tell me you didn't just say that, when there's a whole line of people who received nothing and who'd be ecstatic to jump through a few hoops for some free money. 

It's unfortunate that they're making it such a pain in the ass - it's either a law school thing or a recent thing, since I didn't experience this hassle with the engineering school back when.  At the same time, anyone who experiences this "problem" is, ironically, quite fortunate.


I understand that I should be happy to be getting a scholarship at all and I am, especially since I didn't expect to as an out of state resident. But, the financial aid office at UT is so incredibly disorganized and not user friendly that dealing with them always results in bad moods, wasted time and usually misinformation. I find it maddening that the staff who answers the phones there and is charged with assisting students never actually seems to know what is going on and that information doesn't seem to be provided to students in a timely manner. Something like this should really have been explicitly communicated to students when they were notified of their scholarship or shortly thereafter.

Jumping through hoops is the last thing I want to be doing during the first week of classes when there is SOOOOO much else going on.

 Don't get me wrong, UT is a great school and I'm happy to be going here but I just wish basic things like financial aid weren't made so hard for us.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Anyone know when tuition bills come?
« on: August 17, 2006, 03:21:15 PM »
Ok, just battled with financial aid for an hour--if any of you are not taking out enough loans to cover your entire tuition, e.g. you were expecting scholarships and/or your own contribution to count for some of it, you should know this:

When you go to pay your tuition during orientation, there will be a button for "apply financial aid"

This ONLY applies grants/loans but NOT scholarships to your tuition.  And for whatever portion of your tuition that accounts for, it will take off your amount due.

But- the remaining amount, including whatever scholarships you are awarded, you have to pay yourself, because they refuse to apply scholarships towards your tuition.  You have to pony up the money and then wait to get paid back a week later when they release the checks.  This is why there is the option for the tuition loan or whatever it's called, because they have such an ass-backwards system at UT that I (and I'm guessing many other people) are going to have to take out a short term (the length of a week) loan for the amount of our scholarship money just so our classes don't get dropped.

My mentor said she had to do this last year too, and it's a real pain in the ass.

That is absolutely ridiculous. It's such a hassle that I'm thinking of not accepting my scholarship since it's not for that much money and I'd rather not have to deal with it.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Online Coop Book Orders
« on: August 17, 2006, 07:55:57 AM »
UPDATE:

I'm not sure if they bumped my order up because I called them or if they are just moving very very quickly but my books shipped out at 3 AM and I should have them either today or tomorrow.

J

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Online Coop Book Orders
« on: August 16, 2006, 06:19:18 PM »
I ordered mine and am just picking them up next week.

pick up orders didn't seem to be an issue but ones that were going to be shipped.

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U of Texas - Austin / Online Coop Book Orders
« on: August 16, 2006, 04:50:40 PM »
 A word of advice: If you were planning to order your books online from the Coop, don't. I called to check on the progress of my order and they are just starting to process orders from JULY. Books that were ordered when our booklists came out last week are not scheduled to ship out until the middle of next week (meaning we probably won't have them in time for class).

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Anyone know when tuition bills come?
« on: August 16, 2006, 02:19:40 PM »
First off, I would like everyone to take a moment to realize that getting any useful information out of our financial aid office is almost completely impossible.  I'm convinced all the women in that office are trying to be insane, evasive, and unhelpful.

You are 100% correct. I just called to see if my EFT form had been received and first was told that an EFT form didn't exist, then that I wasn't a student (she typed my SSN incorrectly when searching). What should have taken no more than 2 minutes was a 10 minute phone call.

I am hoping/praying that perhaps the people I have spoken to have been temps/summer office help. If not, I fear for my sanity when dealing with the office in the future.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Book lists are up.
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:00:28 PM »
Did anyone else order their books online from the University Coop? If so, have they shipped out yet?

You mean you've not read the introductory sections of each of your books yet, as well as memorized the first 5 cases?  Uh oh.  ;)

I'm glad I went in and got mine, as being able to actually start reading in some of my casebooks is a nice relief.  It has helped prevent me from imagining that the courses are going to be some impossibly difficult thing.  Unfortunately, it has also confirmed to me that I won't be able to just read through the required reading once and be done with it.  :(

Ugh. Clearly I suck at life. I might as well just call the school tomorrow and withdraw since I am already so far behind  ;)

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Book lists are up.
« on: August 15, 2006, 12:11:06 PM »
Did anyone else order their books online from the University Coop? If so, have they shipped out yet?

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