Hey, thanks for the info jsb221. I was thinking about doing that as well. But I also am interested to know how the laptop loans work. We haven't received any info on that, and I am definitely gong to take out a loan for my laptop (if the school allows that). My parents are willing to spring for it in advance of my loan check, but they want to know when they'll get reimbursed. The financial aid website says that loans are disbursed at the beginning of fall semester and the beginning of spring semester. I would assume that a loan for a laptop would be different, since they can't expect everyone to wait until they're already in school to buy one. At least...that's what I'm hoping. Who knows.
on a side note, Dean Austin emailed me yesterday and said they're giving me a dean's scholarship...yay! Now I'm even more excited to go!
Your loans will not be disbursed in time to buy textbooks, most likely. I recommend getting a credit card, and then paying it off. Also, make sure when you get your loans you have a checking account and ask for the refund to be direct deposited. It works a lot faster. Financial aid, while through the law school, refunds are done from UP. You will be able to track it on ELion once you have all your log ins. You can ask for an increase in your loan limit total for a one-time computer purchase, at least that is what I was told my first year, you can only ask for it once. I am sure things have changed, but this is what I know.
Kilroy- thanks for the advice on "Law School Without Fear." I've just started reading it and it really seems like some useful information. Hope finals are going well...thanks for the input!
Thanks! I found it pretty useful. Exams are going well. BTW, if you are ever told that Trust and Estates is an easy class, don't listen to that person. That exam was rough as hell. All of us agreed on it. I only have one more to go, evidence on tuesday. Then off to work for the summer. Have a good one.