From all I've been able to find out, it looks as if those of us getting law loans for living expenses shouldn't count on seeing the surplus refunded before at least the second week of September. I've got just enough savings to scrape rent up till then, but for the rest I'm getting by with no interest credit cards. I highly recommend them as a short term means of preserving the contents of one's checking account, but you have to pay the monthly amounts faithfully or you'll lose that zero interest status. As far as money for books goes, do we *really* need to buy those before October? Books. Bah.
I throw up my hands about the money-- honestly my main concern right now is figuring out where the good swimmin' holes are. I think I'm going to check out Blue Hole, except I'm intimidated by any kind of hike in this heat. I wonder, is the section of the Rivanna that runs through town really nice enough to swim in? That water is barely moving and I suspect it of harboring leaches, but I guess anything is better than chlorine.