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How long should I wait before calling my school financial advisor back?

This is sort of an etiquette question. A scholarship that I'm receiving is requesting the school's bank account information. I have been trying to reach my financial aid advisor for the past 4 days. I emailed her 4 days ago and did not get a reply. Thus, I called her office several times yesterday and today and no one answered. I left her a voicemail message asking her to call me back and she still hasn't called. Today, I showed up at her office and I was told that she was out for lunch. I couldn't wait so I left a note at her desk to call me back. She never did. Should I continue to pester this lady until she responds? It's very frustrating that I haven't been able to get a hold of her but at the same time I don't want to be a bother or seem impatient if she's indeed really busy. Please advise. Thank you!
posted by missybitsy on Jun 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Future mapping -- what do I do about school.

I'm 29 and finally ready to attend college for the first time. A year ago, I fixated on a program (up-and-coming) and a school (local, private, VERY well-regarded). Since last August I've been admitted, laid off, rejected for loans, hired, rejected for *more* loans. Last week I came to terms with not attending this September. Today I was unexpectedly approved for more aid that will almost cover my tuition (but none of my living expenses). Orientation starts in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Education while working full time

I'm a part time college student who studies Computer Science and works full time as a junior mobile developer in New York City for an air travel company. I am currently half way through my undergraduate degree due to family issues and simply because I work the whole week. Even so, courses at Brooklyn College where I go to have the worst schedules for some of the major classes. It seems as if college is for the person with a family backbone and I'm struggling a bit as I do not have such support. Are there any resources available for me so that way I won't delay with college so much while being able to work full time?
posted by antgly on Jun 2, 2013 - 12 answers

My life was ruined by a dollar sign

Do you work in college admissions? Have you successfully navigated paying for college education? Are you an adult? I could use your advice on how to pay for my education, or advice to just give up. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Dec 5, 2012 - 27 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

I need a plan

My situation is as follows: I graduated from high school in 2008. I have since been taking classes very part-time working towards a B.S. in Biochemistry. I do not have any student loan debt and have been working in retail. The problems: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 15 answers

FAFSA blues

Help my friend get financial aid again. [more inside]
posted by soelo on May 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Can single, working adults study abroad?

How does study abroad work for adults? [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie on Oct 18, 2011 - 17 answers

How can my friend attend art school in the US?

I have a friend living in Korea. She's a freshman in college but wants to study art history here in the US. She's worried about paying for it all and wonders if another country might be better. I know nothing about this. What's the best course of action? [more inside]
posted by jykmf on Jul 21, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I make $4300 in a short period of time?

I've been selected for federal verification by my school's financial aid office, and my Mom is refusing to provide the documents. I need to make $4300 in the next few months in order to stay in school. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Jun 29, 2011 - 40 answers

Is having a full-time job while attending college a good thing?

Hired in 2 years ago as part-time help, promoted to key-holder, and now offered to opportunity to go higher up. Is a job promotion and the increased pay that comes with it worth delaying the amount of time it takes to complete post-secondary education? Really making money and going to school, are they compatible/desirable? How would taking a salaried job affect financial aid available to me? [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Jan 23, 2011 - 17 answers

I want to go back to school. Help me find grants and scholarships.

I want to go back to school. Understatement: I'm a non-traditional student. I've been living below poverty levels for most of my life. I need funding - loans, grants, scholarships. How? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Oct 26, 2010 - 56 answers

After High School

How best to advise a 12th grade student on their college plans. [more inside]
posted by bach on Aug 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Irrational expectations?

What percentage of U.S. undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial aid? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Jun 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Bonds and College

How should I handle US Savings Bonds? My husband has a payroll deduction plan for buying savings bonds, and he enrolled years ago as a way to supplement the rather meager pension plan. This has worked well for us because we are really bad at putting money away by ourselves. The bonds are earmarked for retirement, and that's the way he wants to keep it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2010 - 9 answers

I want to live happily ever after.

I want to take up a questionable (but not illegal) profession to support myself through college. My boyfriend told me that if I do this, it's over. Is there a way to have my cake and eat it too? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Jan 16, 2010 - 44 answers

Help a college drop-out convince universities to let her return

I've achieved the passion and motivation to go to college that I never had when I was actually attending, so now, at 24, I want to go back. But my post-high school academic career is just miserable. What's the best route for me to return to a good college without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me get the most from Financial Aid!

Going back to college! Severed in November, start school in Florida in January. Need Financial Aid advice! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 - 8 answers

College Quandary!!

Help a young boy make the right decision! Any and all advice for a soon-to-be-undergrad trying to secure his future! [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on Dec 16, 2009 - 42 answers

Ik heb... financialaidie?

NetherlandsFilter: As a Dutch citizen, am I eligible for financial aid for school in the United States? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 10, 2009 - 2 answers

I would make tea at the BBC.

What would be the best route to go after finishing an AS degree? Many questions about New England, and the regular England, rolled into one inside. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Aug 12, 2009 - 13 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

What are the pros and cons of giving back unused student loan money at the end of the semester?

I'm in my first year of law school and also a first-time student loan borrower. I ended up having a decent amount of loan money left in my bank account at the end of the semester. Should I pay it back or hang on to it? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova on Dec 22, 2008 - 9 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

Work Hard and Hope for the Best, or Stay Safe and Lose It All?

Am I making a huge mistake? I'm deciding whether I should take a term off from my beloved college in order to work in the "real world", scraping together money for a study abroad program (Semester at Sea). My instincts say to do it, but I'm suddenly hesitant and wonder if others might have suggestions. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized on Aug 7, 2008 - 39 answers

Explaining how college works to a first generation student

Please suggest information sources and other resources to explain how college works to a first generation potential college student. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Apr 17, 2008 - 8 answers

College Degree with limited resources?

I need to go back to school. Can anyone point me to the resources that I need to find to do so? I am desiring to pursue a degree in photography. I have college experience for sure, but I am overwhelmed by the options and the procedure. Also I don't have much money. [more inside]
posted by tev on Sep 6, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me understand how to pay for my education.

Please tell me, using layman's terms whenever possibly, everything you know about student loans. (backstory inside) [more inside]
posted by Quidam on Aug 12, 2007 - 13 answers

What would be the best way for me to pay for my degree?

I've decided that I want to start getting my life together by working on earning a degree in computer science. To do that, I'm going to start attending the local community college full time this fall, in order to cover some basic classes, and then transfer to full university later when I'm a bit more transfer-worthy. Now I need help figuring out how to best manage my money so as not to accrue too much debt in the process. Ideally I'd like to get as much financial aid as possible to cover this, but there are a few issues. [more inside]
posted by mindless progress on Jul 16, 2007 - 6 answers

Finding a way out of a tangled web of financial aid

I've reached the end of the road for graduate school loans. [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jun 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Unexpected windfall

My boyfriend recently received $25K as part of a settlement after his father's death, and he'll be filing the FAFSA for graduate school soon. [more inside]
posted by hamster on Jan 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Need help writing a statement of need for financial aid

I was accepted into an art program and now I'm trying to apply for financial aid. Problem is, I've never done this before, and I need to include a "statement of need and intent" with my portfolio. I'm pretty solid on what a statement of intent is (what I hope to get out of the program, etc.) but I have no idea how to approach a statement of need - exactly how do you politely phrase "I need help paying for school because I'm broke?" [more inside]
posted by annathea on Feb 28, 2005 - 6 answers

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