CrazyLawStudent wrote:^I turned in my form for a Stafford request a couple weeks ago. Haven't gotten the official letter or offer yet. Hopefully I get it soon! I'm going out of the country for two weeks starting on Sat. I also have to apply for Grad Plus but I haven't done it yet. Do I have to wait until I get a Stafford loan offer first?
I asked the financial aid office about this since I filled out Stafford a while ago (like two months ago) and want to make sure its all finalized before I do the Grad Plus eMPN on HESC. They told me that they have a new system and won't be finalizing things until July, but go ahead and complete the Grad Plus eMPN. They promised me that even though the Stafford isn't really "finalized" it is actually finalized (if that makes sense).
The whole HESC thing is just so odd. I don't like not having direct confirmation or communication from my lenders, but apparently that's the way its supposed to be. Anyone know current Fordham students who have taken out loans? I'd like to hear something from them.
Btw, Silenzori, I read somewhere that the July tuition bill will take expected financial aid/loans into account. Since Fordham will deduct the tuition from our loans and release the balance to us three days before classes (I believe it's classes not orientation--can check on that), I figure it isn't actually due in July--we just get the bill. At least that's what I hope. I think a lot of people would be rather screwed otherwise.