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UPenn Class of 2011

Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« Reply #280 on: March 03, 2008, 02:01:14 PM »
Financial Aid question... I'm confused as to how this works. I've filled out Fafsa and Need Access. My Fafsa EFC is 0 and I'm estimating the Need Access EFC based on my parent's info won't be more than $8,000.(Do you ever see this EFC?)Anyway, after the $18,500(?) in stafford loans and the $8,000 Need Access EFC will Penn give grant money for the remaining cost? Or do I need to take out private loans? Or both? I went to a state university so everything beyond my EFC came in loans and a small grant. My sister goes to a private university and everything after the EFC comes in grants. I know UG and law school are different, as are public and private institutions, but any idea how this works at Penn?

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Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« Reply #281 on: March 03, 2008, 04:02:58 PM »
Financial Aid question... I'm confused as to how this works. I've filled out Fafsa and Need Access. My Fafsa EFC is 0 and I'm estimating the Need Access EFC based on my parent's info won't be more than $8,000.(Do you ever see this EFC?)Anyway, after the $18,500(?) in stafford loans and the $8,000 Need Access EFC will Penn give grant money for the remaining cost? Or do I need to take out private loans? Or both? I went to a state university so everything beyond my EFC came in loans and a small grant. My sister goes to a private university and everything after the EFC comes in grants. I know UG and law school are different, as are public and private institutions, but any idea how this works at Penn?

You'll get some grant money, some university-issued loans, and you'll need to take out private loans for the rest.  Sadly, professional schools aren't nearly as generous with their grants as their undergrad counterparts.  I highly recommend Northstar/THE for your private loans -- they're a nonprofit and thus a little less likely to screw you over than Citibank, etc.  Your need-based grants may also be unevenly distributed -- my largest grant was for this year, and 3L will be the smallest -- presumably because they expect you to be able to contribute more from your summer job after 2L.

Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« Reply #282 on: March 04, 2008, 04:12:52 PM »
Ok, I'm flying in to Philadelphia for ASW on THursday Night.  Does anyone know what is the best way to get from the airport to campus or wherever the student host lives?  Also, how does this travel reimbursement work? Do I just send a printout of my airplane ticket confirmation page with the amount paid?  thanks!!

Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« Reply #283 on: March 04, 2008, 07:16:17 PM »
if you're new to the city, the best way to get to Penn from the airport is a taxi...it's about 30-35 bucks...

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Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« Reply #284 on: March 04, 2008, 08:02:41 PM »
You can also take regional rail to either University City or 30th Street station for $7, if you'd rather save some cash.

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« Reply #285 on: March 04, 2008, 08:11:06 PM »
The cost is a good point, as I don't think the travel subsidy includes tax service...

Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« Reply #286 on: March 04, 2008, 08:58:23 PM »
so I'm seriously considering the Rittenhouse Dist in CC... (around 19th and Chestnut) any particular gut opinions?

also how often do you have to stay late on Campus? (late to the point where it is creepy taking the subway back)

do ppl use the Penn transit shuttles? convenience?

Grazie.

As a 1L, I was rarely on campus past 5 or 6.  Once I started doing journal work as a 2L, I ended up being stuck kind of late.  If it's too late to walk (past 10pm, unless you have a buddy), I take the Penn Bus.  It's free and comes twice-three times an hour... it also stops right outside my house.   :)  I think south of Walnut is the cutest area, but it's just my opinion.... definitely you will be very close to the best restaurants and bars at 19th and Chestnut.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« Reply #287 on: March 05, 2008, 05:29:31 AM »
so I'm seriously considering the Rittenhouse Dist in CC... (around 19th and Chestnut) any particular gut opinions?

also how often do you have to stay late on Campus? (late to the point where it is creepy taking the subway back)

do ppl use the Penn transit shuttles? convenience?

Grazie.

As a 1L, I was rarely on campus past 5 or 6.  Once I started doing journal work as a 2L, I ended up being stuck kind of late.  If it's too late to walk (past 10pm, unless you have a buddy), I take the Penn Bus.  It's free and comes twice-three times an hour... it also stops right outside my house.   :)  I think south of Walnut is the cutest area, but it's just my opinion.... definitely you will be very close to the best restaurants and bars at 19th and Chestnut.

Though if you're thinking of living in the 1930 Chestnut building, I'd warn against it.  That management company is totally evil.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« Reply #288 on: March 08, 2008, 06:10:37 AM »
Ok, I'm flying in to Philadelphia for ASW on THursday Night.  Does anyone know what is the best way to get from the airport to campus or wherever the student host lives?  Also, how does this travel reimbursement work? Do I just send a printout of my airplane ticket confirmation page with the amount paid?  thanks!!

You can either take the rail for like $7 like Team Pam said, or get a cab which costs $26.25 flat rate from the airport into the city. As far as how the subsidy works, just bring your e-ticket/receipt with you.

Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« Reply #289 on: March 09, 2008, 01:45:05 AM »
I'll be in Philly tomorrow (Sunday) night and Monday morning to visit UPenn. Will any students be around to grab a beer?