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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EFC . . . aaargh!
« on: January 26, 2005, 09:25:47 PM »
I'm confused. On the FAFSA it says that since I'm going for a JD I don't have to include my parent's info. However, some schools require it. If the schools require it and I don't include it on the FAFSA, does that mean that they will just request the parental info they require on their own school-specific financial aid apps?

Should I exclude my parent's info on my FAFSA? (I'm 21...definitely still claimed as an exemption.)

Also, if I worked in 2004, how do those earnings affect my EFC since I will not be working at all during 1L?

Financial aid is much more complicated than I realized.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Villanova
« on: January 24, 2005, 01:53:24 PM »
Thanks for the response. Interesting that Vill does that...

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Villanova
« on: January 24, 2005, 01:45:05 PM »
For those of you whose decision was sent to your permanent address, did you indicate that your current address should be used until a certain date that has already passed? Or did Villanova just decide to send it to your permanent address?

I'm asking because I assumed my decision would come to my current address and I'd really rather it not show up at my parent's home (permanent address) where I'd have to travel to get it or have them open it over the phone.

I mailed my app Dec. 14th. I received the postcard that I included with the app. on Dec. 23rd - the postcard was stamped with the date of receipt as Dec. 18th. No further word, though. And no request.

All my reports have long been requested with the exception of Villanova. Anyone notice that Villanova takes awhile, or should I get in touch?

Law School Admissions / LSN - Representative Sample of Applicant Pool?
« on: January 24, 2005, 10:45:43 AM »
Just wondering what everyone's opinion on LSN you think that the span of numbers on there is pretty indicative of what kind of stats the general applicant pool has for the given school? Or do you think that the people listing on this site, if their numbers were averaged, would yield a higher average than that of the entire applicant pool? (I'm basing this on the assumption that maybe LSN posters are a little more concerned and over-zealous than some other applicants who have not sought out such a sight.)

Just wondering.

Law School Admissions / Re: Anyone submitted financial aid info yet?
« on: January 19, 2005, 01:22:54 PM »
For those of you who know, can anyone give me a general overview of the financial aid process from beginning to end? I am very confused because I have never done this before.

This is what I know - I fill out the FAFSA and receive my SAR with my EFC. This is also sent to my schools. I also fill out the school-specific forms. Then, based on all this info, the schools determine financial aid packages by calculating the difference between the estimated budget and the EFC? Do most people get that calculated amount from the schools? Or do they get some from the schools, then try to get the rest in Stafford loans? Or is this the other way around?

Sorry - I'm really confused...any help would be great!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How big of a mistake was this?
« on: January 15, 2005, 12:56:40 PM »

Yeah I got a phone call from Franklin Pierce and the woman was like "I'm looking at your file, and we've got this email from you and were wondering...". It kinda wigged me out.

Yeah. I can just imagine the proof-reading on my next email to a school!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How big of a mistake was this?
« on: January 15, 2005, 12:46:19 PM »
Good point.

Even if they keep it, though, they have the corrected version.

Wow - I never thought about that with emails.

Law School Admissions / Re: Deferred... what does it REALLY mean?
« on: January 15, 2005, 12:43:30 PM »
I think being deferred is the adcomms way of saying "You're application looks good, but we aren't sure what type of applicants we are going to get from now til deadline. Once we see what else is out there, we'll let you know."

If you have really high numbers, they don't care how you compare to the rest of the applicants so you can apply early and be admitted.

If your numbers are typical for the school, they want to be able to compare you to everyone else. Because of rolling admissions, you can't be evaluated with respect to the entire applicant pool unless they hold your app til more have arrived.

Don't worry too can still be admitted.

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