financial aid

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  1. A

    What is a good financial aid?

    What should I expect for a financial aid package? If all my expenses are covered by loans from FAFSA, is that a good package if I don't need to go to outside sources? I know getting grants and scholarships are the best options.
  2. whatplsdoc

    Appealing Financial Aid letter

    Hello! I have been offered acceptance to my top school and have just gotten my FA package. Although I am thrilled with the amount they gave me, I still feel that since my parents will not be contributing anything- I should be able to either qualify for more loans or aid. I am wondering, for...
  3. OntheRightPath

    Does every MD School require a separate MPN? I have not made a final decision on the school, and I have never applied for loans before.

    Hi everyone and thank you so much for reading my post. I have never taken out loans before, and therefore, I am very confused. I got accepted into multiple MD schools (*blessed, not bragging), and I was wondering if each of them required a separate MPN for each type of loan. I submitted an MPN...
  4. Lifeblood_20

    Filing/modifying FAFSA too early at this point?

    Hi, I submitted FAFSA in October with filler schools that I planned to modify as my cycle results solidify. Since then, I have resubmitted once after modifying my school list to include schools where I have gotten interviews, but it is not up to date in that regard. Currently, I am still waiting...
  5. KatsuCurry

    Should I bother filling out FASFA if I come from a wealthy background?

    To start, I recognize my immense privilege. However, I'm wondering if I should bother filling out FASFA/school-specific fin aid forms now that I've received a couple of acceptances. One of my parents is a physician, so needless to say, my family is pretty well off (combined income...
  6. I

    FAFSA: submit now or wait a month to have a lower, more accurate reflection of household income?

    I am far from an expert on financial-related things and could use some insight on this situation I'm in. From what I've gathered, it's best to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for school-specific scholarships. Also, even if you're completely independent, you have to list...
  7. D

    How does owning a house affect financial aid (Scholarships and Grants)???

    Hi Everyone, I'm new to this site, but a little bit about myself. I'm a recent graduate who will be applying during the 2021 Cycle (Starting med-school 2022). My major question pertains to having a house in my name when filling out the FAFSA. After some research, it is my understanding that...
  8. LindaAccepted

    Medical The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Application Essay Tips

    Paul Soros was often overshadowed by his younger brother, financial wizard George Soros, but he was a millionaire in his own right. In contrast to George Soros’s success in the financial industry, Paul Soros made his mark on the world by innovating in the shipping industry, filing patents...
  9. L

    General Admissions & OTCAS Scholarships, grants... essentially any kind of financial aid

    Hello everyone, I hope you are all safe and well during this pandemic! Today's topic: financial aid In my search for OT schools I have been told by MANY schools that financial aid isn't really a thing in the OT world. Your options include loans and more loans. Now I know I am not alone in this...
  10. optostudent2020

    Financial Resources for Optometry School?

    Hello everyone! I’m an incoming OD class of 2024 and I’m so excited to start my education this year! That being said, I am well aware of the cost of said education. My federal aid only yielded loans and my school’s scholarship website only has specific scholarships that don’t apply to me. How...
  11. O

    UNC SOM vs. ECU Brody SOM

    A resident of NC and got accepted to both UNC SOM and ECU Brody SOM. Could use some help on deciding which to pick. I have listed my mental checklist of pros and cons for each: ECU: Positives 1) Financials: I got nominated for Brody Scholar so if I get it, I would get a tuition full ride there...
  12. T

    Starting school with credit card debt

    Hi there! I am starting dental school this summer which is super exciting but unfortunately I have about $10k left in debt. This was a result of two cycles, dental assisting classes, and traveling for interviews. I know it was an investment. I was hoping my current job would have paid all of it...
  13. D

    Financial Aid ?

    I apologize in advance if I sound ignorant, but is the financial aid package we will be receiving just LOAN money? There's no "free" money, essentially. Everything we receive in our financial aid package will need to be paid back? Also, which type of loan (Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Grad PLUS...
  14. LindaAccepted

    Medical How to Get Accepted to Geisinger Medical and Graduate Debt Free [Episode 343]

    Interview with Dr. Michelle Schmude, Associate Dean of Admissions at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine [Show Summary] Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is focused on admitting students who are passionate about community service, as well as allowing as many students as possible...
  15. LindaAccepted

    Medical Cornell Weill Eliminates Debt for Qualified Med Students

    According to the Cornell Chronicle, Cornell Medical’s new scholarship program will allow qualified students to complete their medical education debt-free. Thanks to donations totaling $160 million, Weill Cornell Medicine has been able to expand its financial aid program. What these aid packages...
  16. LindaAccepted

    Medical The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Application Essay Tips [2019 – 2020]

    Paul Soros was often overshadowed by his younger brother, financial wizard George Soros, but he was a millionaire in his own right. In contrast to George Soros’s success in the financial industry, Paul Soros made his mark on the world by innovating in the shipping industry, filing patents...
  17. LindaAccepted

    Medical Tips for Your Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program Application

    Do you aim to improve the world? Would you like to earn your graduate degree at Stanford — tuition free? Then you may be an ideal candidate for Stanford University’s Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, a program that will cover 100 Stanford graduate students’ tuition for up to three years plus...
  18. D

    How much should money matter?

    I'm deciding between two schools and I'm struggling to determine how much money should matter vs fit. If money didn't matter, I would definitely choose Loyola over Penn State because I feel it is a better fit for me. However, there is a major financial difference between the two. I was offered...
  19. C

    Who to include in FASFA and other financial aid materials

    Sorry for the somewhat long post, any advice is greatly appreciated! Here's my situation: My parents are divorced and my father remarried. My biological father and my stepmother are both very wealthy physicians. My biological mother is probably in the middle class. Not sure if this is relevant...
  20. S

    Reporting parental income for married student

    I am in the process of applying for financial aid. The medical school I will be attending requires that parental income be included if you are under the age of 32, which I am. However, I am married and am completely financially independent. I have not received any financial assistance from my...
  21. P

    What are some ways to up income while in Grad school?

    More specifically, if I get into a fully funded clinical psych. program with a TA position or something similar to that, that pays a stipend of around 20K what would be some ways of earning more money (hopefully through the program/school) without having to get a part time job on the side and...
  22. R

    Med School Financial Aid Process Q

    Hi! After you've completed the FAFSA and necessary school-designated financial aid forms, I'm wondering if med schools release their financial aid packages to students prior to them receiving your official transcript from your undergraduate institutions? Or do you they have to receive the...
  23. K

    Scholarship disadvantages for late applicants?

    Hey everyone, I have a quick question regarding admissions for fall 2019 entrance. Does anyone know if students who apply later in the cycle generally get less scholarships? I have recently decided I want to go the podiatry route rather than MD/DO, and I'm graduating this coming May. I'd like to...
  24. P

    Help with financial aid please!!!!

    Hello. I am growing very confused and feeling kind of hopeless about this. I just filled out Fafsa. I am aware that the maximum loan eligibility for the direct stafford federal loan is around 42k or 21k per semester. I made $0 in income in 2017 so I did not include a tax return. I included...
  25. hopefulotlnl

    Other OT-Related Information Reserve Military to pay for OT school

    I obviously need to talk to a recruiter for details but looking for personal experience if others have joined a military reserves branch/national guard and paid for OT masters using GI Bill or other federal aid related to military service. I have my bachelors so ROTC is not an option. Would...
  26. 1

    Financial Aid for DPT

    I have read through a lot of threads regarding financial aid, but I have not quite found the answer to my question. I recently got accepted into school for DPT at a private school in Indiana (my second choice :)), however, I am waitlisted at my number one choice (a public school/Mizzou) in the...
  27. nostra_damus

    Letter of intent question

    Given that financial aid will play a large role in my decisions to matriculate somewhere, how should I write a letter of intent (before hearing back)? As I'm wrapping up on my interview cycle, I have a pretty clear idea of which school is my top choice, but whether or not I matriculate there...
  28. P

    Financial Aid Packages

    Good evening, I just got accepted into a pharmacy school and I can stop thinking about how to pay. Can you please say what your award was and how much your tuition was. This will help a lot of people like me thinking about how to pay. Thank you in advance.
  29. Y

    Working on a company to help with student loans. Looking for feedback/interes

    Hey All, I am building a company called YourCoinz which will allow you to sell a percentage of your future income like company shares, known as coins to be kept on a blockchain. So similar to how a publicly traded company works, we project how much you are expected to earn, say over the next 5...
  30. C

    Facing a Repeat of the Entire Year

    Unfortunately, if I repeat the entire D1 year I won't be eligible for the financial aid since the rest of the credits I've received will count as attempted. I informed the school through my appeal letter that my family falls under low-income criteria and that I won't be able to afford the...
  31. Student Loan Planner

    Orthodontist with $1 million in student loans on front page of WSJ

    I've been working behind the scenes for months to try to get this story published. Finally, it made the front page of the Wall Street Journal this morning. It details how an orthodontist from USC racked up over $1,000,000 in student debt. He earns $225,000 a year working for a corporate...
  32. SSDGM

    MD Entering M1: FA + CC conundrum

    So, I'm in a weird predicament that I feel really ashamed to admit here (please go easy on me). I don't have the financial-aid know-how to figure this one out. BAD NEWS: Basically, I have tons of credit card debt. Some cards, some consolidated personal lines of credit, etc. I'm working on...
  33. B

    Financial Aid -- Is it worth having savings before med school?

    Hey everyone! I have been working for the past two years and have decided to either quit my job or take a 'leave of absence' for a year in order to finish up prerequisite courses before applying to medical school. I'm currently in a well paying job in consulting, and by the time I leave will...
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  35. M

    WORKING WHILE IN PHARMACY SCHOOL

    Hi all, I’m finishing up my pre read and things of that sort before actually applying to Irma Lerma Rangel School of Pharmacy. I plan to be done w/ undergrad Sprig 2019 & hopefully starting PharmCAS school in Fall of 2019. My biggest concern is funds during pharmacy school. Is it possible to...
  36. S

    MPH Scholarships for MPH students?

    Hey everyone, So I finally made the decision and picked an MPH program, but money, sadly, is a thing and so now I am trying to find outside scholarships to apply to. Does anyone know of any good ones or had success with any website? I have just been googling and looking on fastweb, but I am...
  37. W

    How does my spouse effect financial aid?

    So I am marrying a med student the summer before he heads to med school. He has no undergrad debt and I have a good bit of undergrad debt. He got lots of grants for undergrad based on his parent's financials. So my questions are: does he have to do this year's FAFSA in regards to us and not...
  38. Bella091

    Accepting Multiple Student Loans?

    My fiancé and I are accepted to the same medical school, but I’m also accepted to two other schools that we would prefer to go to. I’ve been paying all of the deposits for all three schools in hopes that he gets pulled off the waitlist for one of the better ones. Now I’m getting financial aid...
  39. A

    Do schools do Financial Aid Bait-and-Switches

    Hello everyone, I am currently deciding between two medical schools, and it has come down to financials for me. Currently I am looking at two schools (A = Private school, B = State School). School A, he more expensive private school awarded me a $40,000 need-based grant for 1st year, and...
  40. Piglet2020

    Financial Aid 'Award' - Loans after potential scholarship?

    I received my financial aid package, which offers ~50k in federal loans to cover COA. I don't see myself spending 2k on transportation, insurance, etc, so I probably wont take over 30k in loans. I have ~3 months to accept/decline this award. What I'm worried about is how merit scholarships play...