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Student story: Overcoming the financial aid process as an obstacle to college
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- I'm a student from Bangladesh. Actually I'm very interested in studying Computer Science. Both University of Oxford and University of Cambridge really attract me. So I've a dream to study in one of the twos. Now, which university would you prefer?
Again, is there any chance for the students like us to cover some of the tution fees by doing a part time job?? I mean that would it be easy for us doing so to lessen the pressure that's on my family??(6 votes)
- Both are amazing universities. I really can't tell you which is better because it depends entirely on what you want from them. Of course you can pay for tuition through a job! While scholarships and financial aid are incredibly helpful in college applications, it may not cover the full tuition. I know many college students who have a part-time job while in college to help cover the costs.(9 votes)
- What about kids who are independent of their parents and applying for college? Will their parent's financial situation still affect them?(4 votes)
- Who do I ask for financial aid packet?(3 votes)
- You can call and ask the college you are going to for a financial aid packet.(2 votes)
- Was it hard not having your parents to help?(3 votes)
- In some families, parents don't contribute to their kids education due to financial situations, housing situations, work management etc. This makes it hard for parents to find time with their kids and that is why some kids find it difficult to talk and start a conversation with their parents. Altogether, it is just a lack of communication between the kids and parents.(2 votes)
- i was wondering. if you had a dorm, do you pick a dorm partner or is it random. also is the dorm big?(2 votes)
- its random and depends on the typa of dorm(2 votes)
- how much should we spend on university application fees, because we can't apply to so many colleges at a time because each application costs?(2 votes)
- That depends on your family's budget. However, if application fees are a concern, you can see a counselor at your school about a fee waiver. Some colleges allow students to apply for free, but not many. If you google it, you can probably find a list.(2 votes)
- What does a college application look like? Is it just a form asking about your self and your strengths?(2 votes)
- Different colleges may have different applications, and so might different states. For example, in the state of Texas, we have a common application - you can check it out here: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX(2 votes)
- How get a financial aid (that is not a loan)?(2 votes)
- You have to apply for them. Tell your school counselor that you're looking for scholarships and grants and they'll help you.(2 votes)
- Who do I ask for financial aid packet?(1 vote)
- Access the web page of the college or university to which you wish to apply.
Click on the link for Admission and Aid (or the equivalent term that you'll find there, each school chooses its own terms).
Follow the links to the information that you'll need.(1 vote)
- When the financial aid process came, I... It was very difficult. It was very difficult explaining to your parents with very little familiarity with keeping financial records that all of a sudden you need all of these documents, because you need to give them all this information and then they can give you a financial aid package. They knew I needed financial aid, but they didn't know what the steps were to get there. My parents are very interesting. They're very hands-off parents. I will never say that they weren't supportive, but they were completely mystified by the entire process, because like I said, both of them... My dad works at a factory making sofas, and my mom works at a high school cafeteria. Completely not familiar whatsoever with college, the college admissions process or anything like that. So on the one hand they were very supportive, but on the other hand, when I would ask them questions about the financial aid stuff, they were just like, "I don't know. "I'm not quite sure what that is." And my sister had to deal with the same frustration when she was applying two years earlier. And so the only person I really had to go on was my sister's experience, but at the same time, old habits are hard to break, so my parents still didn't have detailed financial records. But one of the interesting things that does happen when you're in my particular situation is when you fill out things like the CSS Profile, a lot of it's just zeros. They'll be like, "What's your value of property here?" I was like, "I don't have property, "we don't have that, we don't have that." But when it came to things like what is the value of your car, or what is the value of your mortgage, I had to go back to ask my parents, and often they didn't really know what I was talking about, and a lot of times, I just kind of had to bypass them and sort of look it up online and try to figure out, and figure out through other people what that number might have been, figure it out through my sister, so that was frustrating. But like I said, my parents were as supportive as they possibly could be, but at the same time, they just didn't know what the process was like.