How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

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How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby sunrunner » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:26 am

can one borrow each year?

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby Renzo » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:34 am

Depends on you. Your school will have to approve any additional borrowing, and there are federal guidelines as to what qualifies you for more.

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby im_blue » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:29 am

None, except possibly for dependents (spouse and/or kids), extraordinary medical expenses, or for a computer during 1L.

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby sdlaw » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:23 am

im_blue wrote:None, except possibly for dependents (spouse and/or kids), extraordinary medical expenses, or for a computer during 1L.


This isn't right I don't think. They allow you loans for cost of living, I thought it was something like 25,000 per year.

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby CmonSD » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:24 am

sdlaw wrote:
im_blue wrote:None, except possibly for dependents (spouse and/or kids), extraordinary medical expenses, or for a computer during 1L.


This isn't right I don't think. They allow you loans for cost of living, I thought it was something like 25,000 per year.


Cost of living in included in "total estimated cost" with most schools.

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby missvik218 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:25 am

sdlaw wrote:
im_blue wrote:None, except possibly for dependents (spouse and/or kids), extraordinary medical expenses, or for a computer during 1L.

This isn't right I don't think. They allow you loans for cost of living, I thought it was something like 25,000 per year.

COL is included in estimated total COA, it differs by school.

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby Georgiana » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:28 am

im_blue wrote:None, except possibly for dependents (spouse and/or kids), extraordinary medical expenses, or for a computer during 1L.

Not true

If your rent is more and you give them a copy of the lease you can get an increase. If you spend more on utilities than they say you can provide a copy and they will increase (phone + cable + internet included). You are generally allowed $1000 for documented interview expenses (new suits or travel expenses etc). You can get up to $3000 for a computer (but you can get this by just claiming you are getting a new computer). If books cost more than the budget you can get more for that. Its a pretty flexible process as long as you're willing to do the paperwork.

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby op-ti » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:31 am

Georgiana wrote:
im_blue wrote:None, except possibly for dependents (spouse and/or kids), extraordinary medical expenses, or for a computer during 1L.

Not true

If your rent is more and you give them a copy of the lease you can get an increase. If you spend more on utilities than they say you can provide a copy and they will increase (phone + cable + internet included). You are generally allowed $1000 for documented interview expenses (new suits or travel expenses etc). You can get up to $3000 for a computer (but you can get this by just claiming you are getting a new computer). If books cost more than the budget you can get more for that. Its a pretty flexible process as long as you're willing to do the paperwork.



WoW! Thanks...this is very helpful.

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby Kiersten1985 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:35 am

Also, you're free to take out as many private loans as you can get approved for. Your going to have a higher interest rate, though.

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Postby CyLaw » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:50 am

Kiersten1985 wrote:Also, you're free to take out as many private loans as you can get approved for. Your going to have a higher interest rate, though.


Plus, if you use private loans you can kiss most LRAP programs goodbye (and IBR).

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Postby presh » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:56 am

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby SaintClarence27 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:18 pm

Kiersten1985 wrote:Also, you're free to take out as many private loans as you can get approved for. Your going to have a higher interest rate, though.


Does anyone have any links to these loans?

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby TaxLaw2010 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:48 am

Does anyone have any idea how long it takes for a budget appeal to be approved by the school? I submitted a budget appeal to my school at the end of last month, but I have not received an answer from them regarding approval. As for how much more I requested, I have a mortgage, so I requested an increase due to that, as well as an increase for child care expenses, purchase of a laptop computer and actual utilities that I pay for my home. The school told me 10 business days, but it has been nearly 4 weeks and I haven't received an approval yet, only a letter saying that they have received my appeal request and are reviewing it and I should hear back shortly, and that was nearly 2 weeks ago.

Any help/insight would be great! Thanks.

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Re: How Much More Than "Estimated Total Cost Of Attendance" ???

Postby TaxLaw2010 » Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:29 am

Nevermind. Just found out today the school approved pretty much everything I asked for in the appeal. Yay!




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