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Financial Aid / Re: More than 6 schools - Fafsa
« on: January 22, 2007, 08:45:25 PM »
Another school responded to my question about whether or not they received my SAR.  Here is their response:

"Hello. You can replace information once a school has recieved your
FAFSA. I just checked and as of today we do not have your FAFSA, we pull
them in every week and will do so again tomorrow Tuesday the 23rd.
Once we have your info it will be safe to take the code off. Thanks and
have a nice day."

So, who doesn't know how FAFSA works - the Federal Student Aid customer service rep or the schools?  Has anyone else contacted their schools to check on status and had a school say something consistent with the FSA customer service rep?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: What's up with Mercer
« on: January 22, 2007, 12:29:12 PM »
I applied. It was kind of a last minute decision, but I'm going for a visit next month.  I don't know much about the school other than what is says on the website.

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Financial Aid / Re: More than 6 schools - Fafsa
« on: January 22, 2007, 11:49:35 AM »
At one point I was told that simply listing a school on your FAFSA application does not mean the school will automatically be sent your SAR.  They have to request your SAR before you take them off your list.  I do not believe this to be true.  Can anyone confirm?

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw0708/help/schoolfaq05.htm

I hope that is not true...anyone have any evidence either way?

I contacted one of my schools to check on the status of my application.  I asked if they had received my SAR (2 weeks passed since I filed the FAFSA). Their response: "The main campus office has not begun the process of downloading FAFSA information for 2007-2008; check back in a couple of weeks."

Their response lends support to the idea that the school does not automatically recieve your SAR when you submit the FAFSA.  Anyone else have any firsthand info?

More quotes from the FAFSA website:

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/faq006.htm
"Any school(s) you have listed on your FAFSA can request a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically once your application has been processed."

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/faq014.htm
"If I want to apply to more than six schools, what do I do?
Submit your application with the first six schools listed. After your application is processed and you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), go to the FAFSA on the Web home page and select "Make Corrections to a Processed Application" under the FAFSA Follow-up sections. Add up to six additional schoools on your application.
Note: You may have to remove some schools from your application to add new ones."

The "note" is very strange.

The University of Arizona seems to indicate that schools will not get your SAR if you remove the school and the schools hasn't obtained your SAR yet.

http://www.law.arizona.edu/Finaid/howtoapply.htm
"File an online correction adding The University of Arizona to numbers 86 to 96 of the FAFSA if the institution is not already listed. Please assure that the school being removed has already received your information."


EDIT:
Ok, I finally got through to a customer service rep at the Federal Student Aid processing center, and the rep told me that you don't have to worry about schools not receiving your FAFSA if you remove the first six schools. Even though you don't see them online, they are there.  Your list of schools is stored in a database, and each school then goes to the website and downloads your SAR at its leisure.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: convince me
« on: January 18, 2007, 08:06:52 PM »
This is a difficult question because if you get in to Yale, you're probably getting full rides at many of the schools ranked 8-20.

Assuming no scholarships, no in-state tuition at any schools... Stanford.

1) It's part of the unholy trinity H-Y-S (which allows you any job you could ever want).

2) It's in Paulo Alto.  Ever want to be surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, within driving distance of a beach, and have great weather year-round?

3) They have a great LRAP program if you decide against BigLaw.

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Acceptances / Re: Full ride
« on: January 18, 2007, 05:07:43 PM »
Another Texas Tech here. I think their scholarships are largely numbers-oriented (based on LSN review).

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Financial Aid / Re: More than 6 schools - Fafsa
« on: January 18, 2007, 12:28:05 PM »
At one point I was told that simply listing a school on your FAFSA application does not mean the school will automatically be sent your SAR.  They have to request your SAR before you take them off your list.  I do not believe this to be true.  Can anyone confirm?

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw0708/help/schoolfaq05.htm

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Free Visit?
« on: January 16, 2007, 01:53:12 PM »
It depends on the school. I know Pacific (McGeorge) does it.

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Get residency the 2nd and 3rd years.

I don't think it's that easy, unless you are a research assistant.

http://www.registrar.uiowa.edu/residency/


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Oh, that's weak, thanks.

Whoah. Don't discount this book. It's got tons of great information if you're looking for a primer on each law school.  Each primer is created from student surveys of actual students attending the school.

Go to the Princeton Review website. You can create a free account to view the contents of pretty much the entire book on the web.  They also "rank" schools in several categories depending on how students answer the surveys (most competitive, most liberal/conservative, best job prospects, quality of life, etc.).

If you don't have the time to talk to students before applying, these snippets are often dead on.  I've visted five schools and read the PR descriptions beforehand.  Most of the things students told me in person were consistent with the descriptions.

I think it's an excellent introductory resource for researching schools, especially if you're not T14.  (And I have no affiliation with Princeton Review. lol).

EDIT:
http://princetonreview.com/law/research/rankings/rankings.asp

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Do I need a car in Washington DC?
« on: January 16, 2007, 09:29:22 AM »
This sounds great guys, never heard of Zipcar but I was reading and it sounds great.

Is a bicycle an option? I cycle alot with my road bike and woulnd't be adverse to going 3-5 miles or more depending on conditions. Couldn't do it in winter though I suppose. Maybe it's viable for the summer months at least.

Thanks for all the input thus far, it's been a major help.

Definitely, but the winters here are not as bad as people think.  Summers are hot and humid (though, not as bad as Houston).

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