Laura Leathers at OSU
Some good info here.....I am not sweating it at all. Worst case, I end up taking more in loans than I need and pay it back right away (lol.....discipline).As to part of the OP's question....moving budget. I did my budget for the farthest school and the one I am most likely to attend(Stetson from PA). I need around $3,000 in spare cash to move door to door. That's for the rental truck, rent deposit, utilities, miscellaneous junk, etc. I put away an extra $1,000 on top of that because I am $hitty at math and something else always pops up, but I have moved many times and this was about the cheapest I could do it.
Glad to see you're back, alki. I haven't seen any updates on your LSN site... have you heard anything back from OSU? The FinAid office at OSU said that everyone who submits a FAFSA gets the $18,500 loan. The school then compares your EFC to their student budget to see if you have additional need. I believe that they start with additional loans before getting into other need based aid, but I'm not sure. But some schools have the extra form, like OSU's Level 2 application.Laura Leathers at OSU was very friendly and helpful. I'd think that you could call her and ask questions.My EFC is over their student budget, sigh..., so there's no reason for me to file a Level 2.-cscherr (aka YellowSpringer)Too funny - I haven't been called alki since high school (18 years ago). Alkire is my maiden name. My brother and I both got alki a lot.Yes - I'm back. Little narcotics-induced vacation in the hospital for a week. That was fun. Did you know that 75% of adults get viral meningitis from their kids colds? So they told me anyway.Not a DA*NED word from OSU. Starting to tick me off too. So do I need to fill out a level 2 or is that just if I show need? There's no way I'm going to show need.
How did you figure out the cost for the rental truck? Darn sentimental furniture....
Don't give up - my EFC was 36k and my school's budget around 45k. Just found out yesterday that I still received a $3,000 Perkins loan from the school, $8,500 in subsidized Stafford and $10,000 in unsubsidized Stafford. And yes, the EFC is ridiculous; I do not have that kind of money just sitting around. The reality is that my spouse and I make a decent income, but our mortgage is very expensive as well... w/ bills from undergrad already, no way we have a lot of savings, unfortunately.Good luck!