« on: January 20, 2009, 10:48:54 PM »
I can relate on the money front. I had the double-whammy of a relatively high EFC plus absolutely nothing to show for my salary (apparently they don't consider existing student debt?) and I had financed both my UG and graduate degrees. But a few reassuring words:
1. How long have you been taking care of yourself? I was lucky–I was old enough at matriculation that I could exclude my parents' info, so I ended up with some relatively generous need-based grants. My income was high compared to most new law students, but not compared to their parents! If you've been filing your own income taxes for (I believe it was) 5 years or more, they'll count you as independent.
Maybe this is new, but it says here they don't count parents' info http://www.law.umich.edu/prospectivestudents/admissions/financial/applyingaid/Pages/finaid-1l.aspx (first full paragraph after the bullet points). Or am I misunderstanding...?
Ah, that IS new. Or, it's at least new since fall '06.