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My New Strategy: Advice on a relatively small student loan?

I have always paid for my school out of pocket. I need to pay for about $3,000 in school fees so I can try and finish my BA. I did the FAFSA, but my school has me on financial aid cancellation because I haven’t made ‘significant progress’ and completed my degree in the time allotted. How do I find a good, reasonable loan so I can get to the finish line and not have much debt? [more inside]
posted by Driven on Jan 23, 2014 - 18 answers

What assistance is available for a single mom in a difficult situation?

I have a good friend who has gone through a very rough 16 year marriage/divorce - experiencing both verbal and physical abuse. She currently has four children living with her, 3 of them are under the age of 18, 1 is 19, and 1 infant grandchild. As a friend I would like to provide all the help and information that can be offered. But I have no idea were to start... She resides in Arizona - she has a minimum wage job and works around 30 hours a week. Her 17 year old son works part time at a fast food place. (Her ex-husband does not pay any child support). She said that she checked on housing assistance but that there was a one year waiting list (I have a feeling she really has not checked). And advice or links will be greatly appreciated...
posted by strongdad on Oct 1, 2013 - 16 answers

What is the federal poverty guideline for 100% paid medical aid for HCAP

I live in OHIO we have a program called HCAP. If you are under 400% of the federal poverty guideline, you get SOME % of free medical care. If you are within a certain threshhold you will receive 100% free medical care. I assume that the income threshold is some % of the federal poverty guideline. What % is that and how much money is that (maximum income allowed to receive 100% free medical care)? Thank you here is another link to HCAP
posted by kikithekat on Aug 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Help with finances during intensive college program

I've been accepted to the program of my dreams, but I'm not allowed to hold a job while in attendance, and my EFC is higher than my family can afford, so my school-determined need is too low for me to even support myself with loans. Are there any options I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by orchidgenes on Aug 4, 2013 - 17 answers

ISO Travelers and Immigrants Aid, 2013

Asking on behalf of a neighbor whose daughter (early 20s) is stranded in Ohio with car problems, i.e., she needs an alternator. [more inside]
posted by she's not there on Jul 8, 2013 - 7 answers

Bar Exam Playlist

I am putting together a playlist for bar exam preparations. I am looking for songs that will help ease the pain of studying and have compiled a few from a range of genres. What else can I add to this to make it the ultimate inspirational list of songs? Here are some that I have already chosen: Isley Brothers - Work to Do Jay Z - 99 Problems LL Cool J - Mama said knock you out Beyonce - Run the World (girls) David Bowie - Under Pressure ODB - Got your money Fugees - Killing me softly
posted by allthingsconsidered on Apr 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Health insurance subsidy?

My wife and I are both graduate students living on about $30k a year in southeastern Pennsylvania. We're about to turn 26 and will be losing our health insurance coverage through our parents. Does the state of Pennsylvania or the government offer any sort of subsidies or vouchers to help us purchase our own insurance? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 30, 2013 - 13 answers

I don't judge. No, really.

At work I frequently come into contact with people who are members of various at-risk populations. They often have to give me really intimate details of their lives within minutes of meeting. When first opening up to me, they'll usually pause to gauge my reaction. I respond with, "I don't judge," in my most supportive voice. But I realize this can be a loaded statement for people and easily taken the wrong way. What short declarative statement could I use in its place?
posted by 1066 on Mar 27, 2013 - 49 answers

Help a single mother work, to make things work.

Hello, I am a divorced single-mother and US Army National Guard veteran. I am currently living in a bad situation and need to move away from it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Help my child with Tourettes and ADD

Are there grants or financial aid for my 8 year old daughter who has Tourettes Syndrome and ADD? I need money to put her in a tutoring center and to put her in physical activity programs. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Sep 15, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I strengthen my case for medical financial aid?

How can I strengthen my case for medical financial aid? (Long snowflake story within.) [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Aug 8, 2012 - 4 answers

FAFSAd Face

I'm doing my FAFSA for the 2012-13 school year. Because I'm 25, I'm considered independent. I'm working part-time as a tutor at a small private school, but some months my parents and grandparents give me more money than I end up making. How should this be reflected on the FAFSA? There seems to only be a form for my income. Any other tips are appreciated.
posted by dkleinst on Jul 31, 2012 - 5 answers

Please help me stop flipping out about my financial aid SNAFU.

I just received word that, due to a tiny technical error, I have to re-apply to get my Stafford loan to pay for grad school. This message was directly followed by the notice that I must pay for my tuition by Sunday night at 11:59PM or I'll be blocked out of my classes. Because it's now the weekend, no one is available to help at the financial aid office. My parents said they can float me the money until the loan clears. Should I take them up on the offer? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Jul 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me get someone else to help my mom.

I'd like to have some one-time physical assistance/qualified help on hand to help my disabled mother go down a flight of stairs, but what kind of service should I be looking for, and how do I contact them? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Jun 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Free education?

How to go back to school full-time for only a year and a half--for free or close to free? [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Feb 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Grasping a Liberal Arts Degree and Practically applying Structured Education- Where to start?

Grasping a Liberal Arts Degree and Practically applying Structured Education- Where to start? •What practical resources are available that will help me build a perspective and prepare myself for the work of structured education? •What resources are available that will help me sharpen the pathway I am attempting to find and pave? •What sort of experiences will be very applicable to immediate, real-life circumstances and livelihood? •How to "best apply" a Liberal Arts Degree, and other options? •Other tricks, tips, and hints for using college as a filter to a more enriched life? [more inside]
posted by thewolfandewe on Dec 8, 2011 - 12 answers

How to Keep a Non-Custodial Parent out of the Financial Aid Process Legally?

One of my 3 kids is applying for early decision to college and I have a financial aid question about having her non-custodial dad be part of the process. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Oct 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Who should we hire as a home health aid for my mom?

My mom needs a home health aid. She's in her late 60s and has MS. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by ifandonlyif on Sep 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Financial Aid Question

I returned school for a Master's Degree. I have quit my full time job and started classes, but my school still has not processed my financial aid. They have told me that it will not be processed in time for the fee deadline and I am in danger of being dropped from all my classes. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by firemonkey on Sep 1, 2011 - 10 answers

What! WHAT?

New digital hearing aids. Help me adapt. [more inside]
posted by Mom on Aug 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Is "aid culture" even the right term?

How do I go about researching what I've seen termed as "aid culture", specifically in Haiti? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on May 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Who are these 80s musicians?

Please identify some of the people in the video for Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas": [more inside]
posted by shelayna on Apr 6, 2011 - 13 answers

What are some good books on the modern history of the Balkans?

What are some informative sources on the modern history of the Balkans? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm on Mar 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Are there examples of countries where foreign aid seems to cause conflict?

I'm interested in examples of countries where foreign aid has contributed to conflict. Aside from Somalia, are there other good examples of civil wars that were caused or exacerbated by the presence of foreign aid? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Mar 21, 2011 - 8 answers

How am I going to pay for my credential program?

How do I claim myself as an independent on the FAFSA when I am completely independent, going for a teaching credential, 22 years old, or how else can I fund my schooling? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Mar 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Too little too late, Mr. Higher Education. Do I give the check back?

I dropped (back) out of college during this past summer session. I am not registered to take any more courses, ever. Yesterday I received a Pell Grant check in the mail alongside a statement from the university bursar's office noting the credit amount. This is a total surprise as I had no previous indication I'd be receiving any financial aid. I could use the money (not for school). Should I cash the check or send it back?
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 - 14 answers

[First Aid] Central America: Came across an unconscious boy on the side of the road - how should I have responded?

You're driving in backwater Central America and find an unconscious, bleeding boy lying on the side of the road - What do you do? (Happened to me yesterday) [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 on Mar 20, 2010 - 13 answers

What would you put in a basic 'in case of emergency' info and first aid type of document to be kept on an ipod or cell phone?

What would you put in a basic 'in case of emergency' info and first aid type of document to be kept on an ipod or cell phone? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Size doesn't matter, just price.

Gentlemen, ladies, if you please: where can I get a dozen dollar dildos? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 10, 2010 - 19 answers

Help Me Do My Best in Haiti

My job is sending me to Haiti for a month. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Paying for yoga teacher training?

I am trying to get a 200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certification in New York City. I am a social worker already trying to pay off student loans, and all the programs I am looking into cost $1000-$2000. Are there scholarships or financial aid available? I have looked around but have not found any. Thank you so much, I hope to one day teach yoga to teenagers who have trauma, have been homeless or in the foster care system. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Jan 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Aid agencies sending people to Haiti

Aid agencies sending people to Haiti? [more inside]
posted by edgeways on Jan 13, 2010 - 38 answers

Help Haiti!

How can we help Haiti? I am a skilled off-road motorcycle rider and know many others. Does anyone know or have connections with a group, person, NGO that would be interested in bringing such people into Haiti to assist in delivering medicine, etc.? One of the biggest problems for aid workers is getting to the people who need help. Obviously, lives are lost with each hour that goes by.
posted by Shike on Jan 13, 2010 - 8 answers

I want to give a donation to aid in the Haiti earthquake rescue efforts.

What is the best agency to make a donation in order to insure that the aid is received where needed in Haiti? [more inside]
posted by msali on Jan 13, 2010 - 8 answers

Being an adult sucks. Can I be 18 again?

Help me/us gain perspective about working while in school, please! [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Sep 30, 2009 - 20 answers

College & Fin Aid Issues

College & Fin Aid Issues [more inside]
posted by nameinruins on Aug 29, 2009 - 17 answers

Continuing educational opportunities in humanitarian law

Looking for continuing educational opportunities related to my field (international humanitarian law) to best take advantage of a few months off work. [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Jul 27, 2009 - 1 answer

Reasonably-priced insurance for hearing aids

I'm seeking insurance for my hearing aids that won't bankrupt me. [more inside]
posted by psc1860 on Jul 17, 2009 - 1 answer

Huh?Filter: Advice needed on getting a hearing aid

Huh?Filter: Advice needed on getting a hearing aid [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey on Jun 29, 2009 - 23 answers

Low cost or pro bono legal aid for domestic violence / abuse victims in California?

My friend and her ex-boyfriend got in a fight, he got violent and beat her up pretty bad. She got in the car with their baby and fled cross-country to stay with her parents. There is a hearing next month to determine custody of the child, and she doesn't want to lose the kid to what is likely going to be an abusive father. Lawyer up, right? Problem is, not a lot of money. Can you point me to any organizations in California that provide pro-bono / sliding-scale / low-cost legal aid services for abused women? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich on Jun 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Are expensive American undergraduate educations worth it for foreign students?

Is it worth it for a foreign parent to squeeze his budget to manage very expensive undergraduate educations for his children in elite American schools? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Apr 17, 2009 - 28 answers

Help with financial aid!

College financial aid question - Here is a question about the best way for my wife and I to fill out the FAFSA... [more inside]
posted by mikedelic on Feb 4, 2009 - 4 answers

How to treat split fingertips?

How to treat split fingertips? [more inside]
posted by skechada on Dec 8, 2008 - 26 answers

Can I take a Stafford loan without the help of my school?

Can I apply for a Stafford loan without going through my school? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 8, 2008 - 3 answers

Please teach me about hearing aids

I need advice on purchasing hearing aids in Canada. [more inside]
posted by Acari on May 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Can has higher education?

How does one apply for financial aid at a public university as an independent party? This is to imply there will not be financial assistance from the parent/guardian; is there a way for their income to be excluded as criteria in evaluating aid eligibility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Grasshopper and Ant

Will a single parent selling a home that has appreciated a lot and that has a very low mortgage payment, then buying a much more expensive house with all of the proceeds help make the child more (or less) eligible for financial aid (not loans) for college? [more inside]
posted by Corky on Mar 13, 2008 - 9 answers

If I work out of my apartment, will I be my only client?

Can I run a criminal law practice out of my apartment? [more inside]
posted by pantheON on Feb 27, 2008 - 23 answers

Financial-aid-filter: Is saving money for suckers?

I worked hard when I was single and saved a bunch of money. Now I'm married with kids, not able to save much, and I want to send my child to private school. Private school says OK, but no tuition assistance for you. My friends have no savings, but otherwise similar situation, and were granted a huge tuition break. What gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2008 - 23 answers

How should I complain about this?

Help me write a good complaint letter so I can get my $99 back. [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on Dec 23, 2007 - 8 answers

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