js87 wrote:To follow up -- I just called Financial aid to ask about the loan questions. They're very helpful and friendly. However, they were a little surprised about the timing situation with the gradPLUS loans. I was under the impression that the blue form, which she told me will be available in a week or two, was due by June 1. We need to complete our MPN's and applications (for gradPLUS) online before submitting the form. However, our TLS detectives discovered that we are not supposed to do the GradPLUS MPN/application before mid June, because the credit check expires.
She didn't really know what to do in this case. I imagine that they're fairly confused as well since this is the first year with this new process. My guess is that the deadline for the blue form will be moved back to accommodate.
Yeah, this is why I filled out my GradPLUS already, because everything on their site points to the fact that you have to have it done before filling out the blue form and the blue form will shortly be available. I obviously have no idea what they'll end up telling you guys to do, but I do know that the only reason you would need to wait until June 15 is because of the 90 day limit on the credit score. Worst case scenario is that they have to run the credit score again, which in reality isn't a "real" credit check. So while it kind of sucks that I made the decision to fill out the GradPLUS application before I had all the information, I know that I can now fill out the blue form without any problems no matter when it comes out.
I think the bottom line here is that they are just as confused about this process as we are due to all of the changes that have been made. I fully expect that they will be extremely patient and understanding as errors are bound to be made by both parties.