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  • kelsmom
    Sorry I am so behind in reading messages! What did you find out? Unless the aid office is seriously understaffed, it should not take that long to be packaged.
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    May 2013
  • momqueen
    I was finally able to use the DRT this past Saturday and my son updated his FAFSA on 4/28. I called the school this afternoon and spoke to a Work Study student in Financial Aid and she informed me it would take 4-6 weeks at this point to get awarded. I immediately emailed the assistant director of FA(there are 5 in FA and 5 in Scholarships) almost begging her to expedite his file. We cannot wait 4-6 weeks since we have already filed an intent to enroll, paid for orientation and housing deposit. FA officer has not been good in returning phone calls or email. Can they really take that long to award a freshman?
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    May 2013
  • momqueen
    Thank you for replying. My son was able to use the DRT for his part time job but I was not due to the fact that we owed taxes. My husband and I first wanted to pay by electronic funds withdrawal but paid by check as soon as I learned that from this website. The IRS posted the check on 3/4 and we still cannot use the DRT or get a transcript as of today. I explained the situation to the financial aid officer since mid-March and she did not do anything until I was about to contact the director of financial aid two weeks ago. I don't want to make things worse but will call the school of the university my son was accepted into tomorrow and ask their advice about the May 1st deadline. Should my son accept the scholarship the school gave him even though we do not have the award packet? The university is his first choice, not sure if we can afford it with 2 sons in college this fall.
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    April 2013
  • momqueen
    Hello kelsmom,

    I am a parent new to this forum and would really appreciate your help.

    I had a good experience with one child's financial aid and a very unpleasant one so far with another child's school. Both my sons' FAFSA were selected for verification. Can you explain why one son's school can use his IRS DRT and my 2012 tax return to give him a financial award estimate and my other son's school was adamant about submitting the same info into the Central Processor before giving any kind of FA estimate. Doesn't the school financial aid officer have the authority to release an award estimate before verification can be completed? That is what I was told by the FAFSA people. Now I have one son who received a packet and the other one who has not gotten anything and he has to make a matriculation decision by May 1st. Thank you for any help you can provide.
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    April 2013
  • butnikbee
    Thank you very much.
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    April 2013
  • butnikbee
    My father of course, will not pay anything, I was lucky for him to even fill out the CSS form. The FA officer that I explained this situation to, advised me to fill out the non-custodial parent waiver form. I am not sure what exactly to say in order to maximize my chances of waiving his expected contribution. My mother has the documents for the divorce, custody, etc.
    Another thing to consider is that I have been using his address as my temporary mailbox in the common application (I have been in the US for almost a year now, but without a permanent residence. I have been here filling out the college applications, visiting campuses etc, and receiving help from my aunt and cousin (who attended the institute that i have been accepted to) as well as working in order to save up.)
    What steps do you recommend I take? Especially if the school denies my appeal?
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    April 2013
  • butnikbee
    I have been accepted to a private institute that requires the CSS non-custodial form. After much persistence and pleading my father, he finally filled out the non-custodial CSS profile.
    My mother's yearly income is less than half of the school's tuition, and according to the school's Net Price Calculator, I am eligible for a substantial amount of aid. When I received my FA package two days ago, I only received 11k in aid, half grant, half Stafford loans. I immediately contacted the FA office, and understood that the other 35K+ was expected to be paid by the noncustodial parent, while my mother was not expected to contribute at all.

    ...
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    April 2013
  • butnikbee
    Hello kelsmom,

    I am in dire need of your help.
    This is the situation: My parents separated after a few months from my birth (1990) and officially divorced in 1994. My parents were in an abusive relationship, and my mother (who is from another country) finally decided to move with me back in her native country in the year 2000. After an ugly custody battle, my mother won the custody over me, but my father refused to pay the child support, and has never financially supported me or my mother until today. I have lived with my mother most of my life, and I am in slight contact with my father (i know where he lives, he has two other children, one of them whom recently finished college at UCLA). I served in the military (in native country) immediately after high school, and after I was released I decided I wanted to go to an American college.
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    April 2013
  • cap
    I'm in Evans, just up the road from you :)
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    April 2013
  • RaulCeballos
    Hola,

    I just wanted to get your advice on my situation. Im 22 years and during the previous summer I was homeless, living from house to house. Me and my parents had a butting of heads and were estranged during the majority if the summer. As of September I was able to acquire permanent housing and am currently self sustaining. I indicated my situation on my FAFSA and now they are asking for proof from "professionals" (coworkers dont count for proof). I don't know how to go about this since I didnt actively go to a homeless shelter during the Summer.
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    February 2013
  • guitars101
    Hi there, I have not been on CC in quite sometime and see that the private messages have changed a bit. We've spoken previously and I do not want to disclose your name in public just in case this is open.

    My question is... My son is in law school and my daughter is in college. My children do not work. My son did take out student loans for law school, but we will be paying them for him when he completes school. We support our undergrad daughter completely. So in the field of "how many in college" and "how many in household" we are not sure what to use. I called my daughters school and they said "if we support our son more than 50% then he is considered in college and in household"

    In your experience, what do you think? We want to do the correct thing.

    Thank you so much for your expertise and help!
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    February 2013
  • kelsmom
    They are scraping the bottom of the barrel! :)
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    January 2013
  • romanigypsyeyes
    Congrats on your promotion :) lol
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    January 2013
  • WriterGlazer
    Hello,
    Hope this note finds you well. My name is Emily and I'm a reporter for The Wall Street Journal newspaper. I'm working on an article about tackling financial aid and saw your smart comments on College Confidential. Are you open to chatting about your family's experiences successfully navigating the process?

    Happy to chat more if you'd like - my contact information is below.

    Looking forward to connecting,
    Emily
    212-416-2913
    [email protected]
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    January 2013
  • kelsmom
    Hi, brittany -
    Sorry, I did not see the messages earlier. Your guardianship arrangement is not the kind that makes you automatically independent. You are going to have to use your dad's and stepmom's information. I am really sorry for your situation, and I am glad that you got out of your mom's house. For aid purposes, though, you do have a parent that is in your life and the relationship is intact.
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    November 2012
  • brittanyfischer
    I ask this because my father pays child support & I am concerned that, if I have to put his income,I would thus have to put his wife's/step-mom income which would greatly decrease the amount of aid I would receive.
    Please, any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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    November 2012
  • brittanyfischer
    I discussed this with my dad and this summer we were lucky to have an Emergency hearing to get custody away from her. My sister & I wanted to live with my grandparents.

    The judge ruled (I believe) to give the grandparents temporary custody & now I live with them. I'm unsure the exact wording of the case since this is only a temporary matter, however, mediation is supposed to be soon. Thus, I am unsure whether my father still has some custody of me or not.(My mother doesn't.)

    Finally, how would I fill out my FAFSA? I spoke w/ a woman who said I have to fill out as an independent and then try to get a dependency override? What are the logistics of this, and how does this affect my financial aid? No one has saved up for my education so I have to rely on fin.aid/scholarships.Or would I put myself as dependent and put my grandparents (temporary guardians) income or my fathers?
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    November 2012
  • brittanyfischer
    Hi, I have seen some of your previous replies to other posts and found them extremely helpful. I was wondering if you would so generous as to answer some questions I have regarding how to fill out my FAFSA.

    I have received some mixed suggestions as to how should I go about filling my FAFSA. Here is my situation (note I am a sophomore at this time, asking on my sister (who is a junior) and my behalf):

    My parents got divorced when I was 5 (a common thing nowadays). My mother was given primary residence and both had joint custody. My father paid child support (500 every 2 weeks) up until just 2 months ago, when there was a court legal change (I will now explain why).

    To put it into a few sentences, my mother was unbearable to live with. She was abusive and neglectful. She hadn't had a job in 4 years and we often had no power and water, the bare necessities.

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    November 2012
  • bayarearesident
    Hi: I am hoping you can share some brain cells =D regarding FASFA.
    I am aware that FASFA does not require noncustodial information (which would be my husband, who is not living with us.) My confusion is: Last year, he filed :Married filing jointly." I had no income (job) so I did not have a W2, therefore, I did not have to file...know what I mean?
    Ok, so with that said, under all tax questions for FASFA, do I put down the tax info from his filing as if it were mine?
    Or do I include his info for everything? (even though he is not the custodial parent)
    Or do I answere all questions with 0...since I did not work, had no W2, etc...
    Mind you, I asked him how much he made and it was $44, 240.00, we have no assests, no savings, do not own a home, no fancy car, etc...
    Any advise is greatly appreciated!

    =) Yesi
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    October 2012
  • gimpy496bbc
    Hello I was told to contact you here is my situation. I'm 20 have attended a community college and now im transferring to Buffalo state however, the issue is when I was 16 custody was transferred to my grandparents. I have received dependency from my community college financial aid. I sent the required court documentation to buffalo as they requested it. They denied it though. My grandparents do collect me on the taxes and I also pay taxes with my part time job. So what do I do next? The documentation was good enough for one school but not the next? thanks
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    June 2012
  • gchernya
    I was advised to contact you directly, also I posted a message to the board.
    I know student who is about to become an orphan as her single mother is in a very bad shape. Her financial aid includes a parent plus loan that was underwritten by her mother in the first year of study. Is there way to substitute this loan with something, even with the same loan underwritten by student herself, like in graduate school? Student will probably take MCAT after the second year, and staying with current university is really beneficial for admission into the better medical school.
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    June 2012
  • kelsmom
    I honestly don't know a lot about Fordham's financial aid. I have never heard stories about them being one of the schools that reduc after the first year ... but it would be a good idea to post on the Fordham forum to ask current/former students. Most likely, aid will continue if your financial situation stays the same. You can also call the aid office and ask ... you won't be the first!
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    May 2012
  • Parent46
    You have been so generous with your insights that I feel it might be OK to ask your advice. My son has been accepted to Fordham with a good grant-in-aid and merit scholarship. All other things being equal (no change in income, decent grades), are they probably going to renew that at least at that level for the next three years?
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    May 2012
  • vgulian
    Hello,
    I need some help on which to indicate on my sons FAFSA . I was laid off 4 mos. ago which qualifies me for dislocated worker & our family has been receiveing Federal Means Tested Benefits (Free School Lunches ) FAFSA application will NOT allow me to select both of these. If I say YES to dislocated worker, it freezes out Federal Free Lunch Program selection & I cannot indicate that we are receiving this. If I select No or I DONT KNOW for Dislocated Worker, it does allow me to also select Federal Means tested benefits program Free Lunch Program
    Is it better to select Dislocated Worker or Federal Means tested benefits program Free Lunch Program??
    Which of these programs allows 0 EFC or Simplified Needs Test ?? Which requires more verification work? I am thinking that less verification problems with the Free Lunch Program since we have been receiving this for 4 years BUT DOES THIS ALLOW US THE SAME AID QUALIFICATION benefits as Dislocated worker.
    Thanks
    vgulian
    [email protected]
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    March 2012
  • kelsmom
    Sorry - I don't know anything about the Cal Grant. Quite a few people who frequent the Financial Aid thread do know, though ... try posting there.
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    September 2011
  • Izanagi
    What are the criteria to keep your CAL Grant B at a 4 year public college?
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    September 2011
  • hh9566
    Hi,

    I am a student who has recently been admitted to UCLA. I have applied to many other UC's and UCLA is the only school that asks me to complete a dependent verification form in order for me to get an estimate for financial aid. What is the reason for this? Also, on the dependent verification form it asks for the W2 form. My dad is the only bread winner in our house and he works in a foreign company out of the country and they don't give out W2 forms. What should I do?
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    May 2011
  • skibum200
    Hello,

    I have been browsing your posts and find your advice to be very informative. I was hoping you would take a moment and give me your thoughts on my scenario.

    I have accepted an internship, that begins On July 5th (2011-2012) award year. I am almost positive that my school uses a summer trailer. They are saying that I might have to retroactivley repay all my need based aid from 2010-2011. Is this possible, even through the internship and my stipend will be paid after July 1st, the beginning of a new award year! It will be impossible the money is spent! Thanks. BTW i go TO University of Florida, thanks for your time!
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    March 2011
  • sailor09
    Referring to the U of M transfer thing I have heard of instances of this instate. A few friends of mine who lived in small towns like Caro and chesterfield mentioned that this was going on to people at their school. You know, 32+ ACT 3.7+ GPA students in schools that u of m had quotas to only take 2-3 students... That contrasts hugely with my high school, one of the top ranked publics in the state, where 50+ were accepted each year.
    Sounds like your son/daughter (sorry dont remember which) is stuck in a game of politics. Those stats are awesome. Go ivy league...
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    March 2011
  • victoriaw
    Hi kelsmom,

    I just read your post on incorrect SSN's. And I fall into the same category! My mom accidentally miswrote one number of my SSN and I already submitted my common application and UC application in November. I haven't submitted my FAFSA yet, and coincidentally, it was registering for the FAFSA that I learned of this mistake.

    Will colleges look sorely upon this mistake, especially since it was a month ago that I made it? I am so worried!

    Thank you!
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    January 2011