1. Dismiss Notice
  2. Download free Tapatalk for iPhone or Tapatalk for Android for your phone and follow the SDN forums with push notifications.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Hey Texans—join us for a DFW meetup! Click here to learn more.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice

Interview Feedback: Visit Interview Feedback to view and submit interview information.

Interviewing Masterclass: Free masterclass on interviewing from SDN and Medical College of Georgia

Am I screwed for financial aid?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Fumoffu, Mar 26, 2004.

  1. Fumoffu

    Fumoffu Senior Member
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2004
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have not even filed my FAFSA yet!!! :(
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. Hmmm...how come?
     
  4. goobernaculum

    goobernaculum Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2003
    Messages:
    104
    Likes Received:
    0
    don't worry...you're still okay. just file it now. i filed it around this time last year and turned out ok.
     
  5. you may have missed the "priority deadline" for many schools, but not necessarily. The dealine for the 2 schools I applied to is April 1, so not too too late yet;) The FAFSA doesn't take long if you have your records together, so just get busy! The earlier the better, but even later is better than never.
     
  6. SoulRFlare

    SoulRFlare Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2003
    Messages:
    658
    Likes Received:
    2
    don't worry...as long as you have tax returns and such, it'll take no time at all. I was really overwhelmed by the "daunting" task ahead, and I finished it in less than an hour.
     
  7. zinjanthropus

    Physician Faculty 15+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2003
    Messages:
    928
    Likes Received:
    6
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    even if you don't have tax returns, just file it and estimate the information. you can provide corrections later. the important thing is to submit something as soon as possible.
     
  8. misconception?

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    slightly off topic question: do the schools you designate on the FAFSA see the other schools that you chose to have your aid info sent to?
     
  9. mackaikai

    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2002
    Messages:
    476
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    how do you know it's sent? i clicked submit and......got an confirmation. and that's it?

    never filed one before..just need some clearification ;)

    oh yah, after that, i removed some schools on the list on my correction, added some others ( i thought this is the way to send to more than 6 schools), is this the correct way to do it?

    thx for the help
     
  10. Xmulder

    Xmulder Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2004
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    0
    You may not be late at all. It depends on the school. Where I'll likely be going they say they do not even begin to review fin aid apps until early April, so filing the FAFSA in Jan or March makes no difference at all.
     
  11. *hopefully*

    *hopefully* Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2002
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    0
    Has anyone filled out other financial aid documents required for the school even if you haven't been accepted yet? At some of the interviews I went to we were handed a financial aid packet and told to fill it out as soon as possible.
     
  12. pjm

    pjm Senior Member
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    136
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    Just fill everything out as soon as possible, but don't get all anxious and don't decide not to file.

    The FAFSA is the most critical because it takes weeks for the data to filter through to the school's (often antiquated) processing systems.

    One school I spoke with said that they required parental data on the federal FAFSA (even if independent) because there was no other way to get the info into their computer.

    Remember this isn't finaid for all of medical school, it's just for the first year. Even if things go badly for you this year, you will apply next year (and the next, and the next.)

    In fact, if you spent 2003 working at an FT job, you may find that you are ineligible for anything but federal loans. You might not need to gather all your parents' money secrets in this case. Most finaid departments will tell you to apply anyway, just in case some miracle happens and the rest of your class spent 2003 working on Wall Street or something.
     
  13. pjm

    pjm Senior Member
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    136
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    Regarding applying for finaid before admission, call the office and ask. (This is good advice for just about any finaid question you may have.)

    Some schools want to be able to offer you a finaid package as soon as possible, so they will take info early. Others told me to not bother while on waitlist because my info would just get lost.
     
  14. ventulus18

    Physician 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2004
    Messages:
    220
    Likes Received:
    52
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    what does your EFC have to be around to get any sort of need based scholarship or grant
     
  15. pjm

    pjm Senior Member
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    136
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    juddson's post on finaid math is a pretty good description of a finaid package breakdown. He discusses CWRU specifically, but I believe the basic principles are the same for all schools.

    With any EFC up to the full budget, you will be eligible for loans. In order to get a grant, you'll need to have a need greater than the $27K (might be slightly different amount at other schools) "unit loan" that the school requires you to scrape together from fed and other sources.

    So, let's say the full budget is $50K. Any EFC greater than $23K will result in a need less than $27K, so no grants for you -- it's all loans.

    Note that you should of course double check any of this with a real finaid counselor, and apply for as much aid as you can get.

    Also, feel free to write a letter to the finaid office pleading your case; this will be attached to your file. Remember that a real person will review your package before it goes out and can make changes. It isn't all done by computer.
     

Share This Page