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Acceptances / Villanova Acceptance Question
« on: February 22, 2005, 05:00:37 PM »
I have searched around, but cannot seem to find specific info on how Villanova's acceptance comes.

I've heard it goes to the permanent address. Is it a regular sized envelope, or a large packet?

Any acceptees have information to share?

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Acceptances / Re: In at Syracuse?
« on: February 20, 2005, 02:18:46 PM »
From what I've heard from others and my own experience, the acceptance comes via regular mail in a white envelope that is about half the size of a catalog-sized envelope.

Good luck!

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Acceptances / Re: In at Syracuse?
« on: February 20, 2005, 01:55:02 PM »
They send you a postcard with the info to access the admitted students site a day or two after your acceptance comes.

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Law School Applications / Application Activity on Saturdays
« on: February 19, 2005, 02:33:37 PM »
Are law school admission offices and/or admission committees active on Saturday? (ie. - do they review apps, send email decisions, etc.)


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Acceptances / First Acceptance! Syracuse
« on: February 18, 2005, 02:46:43 PM »
My acceptance to Syracuse came today! First one, and a big relief.


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Law School Applications / Re: EFC after FAFSA
« on: February 06, 2005, 09:08:27 AM »
Hi guys. I just wanted to mention that if you cannot pay the amount of EFC generated by the FAFSA you can always take out private loans to cover that amount. You just can't get government loans to cover your EFC as the FAFSA determines eligibility for need-based aid (which is what gov't aid is). So if the FAFSA says you should contribute some crazy amount that you a)spent on living this year or b)will certainly not be making next year as an unemployed, full-time law student, you can still get all your money in loans (up to your school's annual budget) if need be.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Books that you are reading??
« on: February 03, 2005, 11:18:07 PM »
I am not currently reading these, but really wanted to mention them if anyone is looking for a good book:

White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Illywhacker by Peter Carey
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

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Acceptances / Re: Should I Reject Acceptances Quickly?
« on: February 03, 2005, 10:47:58 PM »
While I think it is thoughtful of you to take into consideration those who may be waiting for a spot at one of those schools, I would definitely suggest either a) waiting until you get an acceptance from a school you'd really consider going to or b) withdrawing those apps and hanging onto at least William and Mary just to be safe. You did earn those spots, so don't shoot yourself in the foot if something should turn out differently down the road. Congrats on the acceptances, by the way!

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I've heard rumors that as it gets later in the application cycle, schools tend to rely more heavily on their index when reviewing applications and give less consideration to "soft factors" like PS, recs, WE because of the volume of applications with which they are dealing and the associated time crunch.

Do you think there is any truth to this?

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Jumboshrimps - Oops, I should have clarified. Under #3 when I described private loan eligibility, I should have mentioned that if your calculated EFC is an amount that you just can't cover through savings, etc. you can borrow that amount through private loans as well (so you can add that amount to your total private loan eligibility). You can't, however, borrow through private loans an amount that would make your total aid (Staffords + privates) equal more than your school's annual budget -- because the loans are supposed to be used only for education-related expenses (tuition and living.) This is to make sure people don't borrow more than they need for their education and use it for other things (a car or something).

Also, in response to the parents' info. question on this thread -- I did not want to include my parents' info on the FAFSA because I knew it would increase my EFC and decrease my eligibility for aid. So I called each school's financial aid office and asked if they required parental information on the FAFSA. For me, all said no. However, some said that while I don't have to include it on the FAFSA, they ask for it on their application and use it only to determine eligibility for need-based aid from the school (not from the government or private).

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