BackToTheOldHouse wrote: fish52 wrote: r6_philly wrote: fish52 wrote:
I got an email from Berkeley last night rescinding the need-based aid offer made to me over a month ago. They said that after "recalculating" my level of need after I updated FAFSA, I no longer qualify for ANY money. This is absolutely absurd, considering the net salary of myself and my parents combined doesn't come anywhere close to covering a year a Berkeley- and I didn't make any substantial changes to FAFSA. How horribly unethical is it to rescind an offer AFTER the deadline to accept scholarships/aid elsewhere? Is this a standard practice for Berkeley?
Wow that is absurd, after you declined other offers. Sorry! Did you call to plead your case, especially if you turned down scholarships elsewhere. Best of luck!
Thanks. I'm in contact with the FinAid office, so I won't comment on it too much more for now. Let's hope for my sake, and for the sake of Boalt, that they decide to reinstate the initial offer on which I had relied in turning down other scholarships/aid packages elsewhere. It could end up costing them quite a bit more than the initial offer if they want to make this difficult. It's a shame that financial aid offices engage in such questionable practices, to the detriment of students. ie: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/busin ... rants.html
Sorry to hear about this. I'm sure you are stressing right now
. I'm curious, when you say you updated your FAFSA, I'm guessing you mean you actually had new information to include in your FAFSA, right? I'm curious because I was selected for verification and had to fill out a couple additional forms plus submit my tax docs, and I would flip out if they revoked my need-based aid . . .
I hope everything works out for you.
I was absolutely stressing out. I just received an email from the FinAid office, they have decided to reinstate the grant for next year. Hopefully they have learned to add the disclaimer to award offers that changes to FAFSA will be reflected in changes to the aid offer (OR, they should wait for the finalized FAFSA information before extending offers). That way, students are aware that award offers are not final.
By "updated FAFSA," I mean that I originally filed my FAFSA forms before I had filed my taxes, so the numbers were mostly estimates. After I received my tax information I updated the FAFSA form (which it says you are supposed to do) and evidently the new numbers disqualified me from aid (I have no idea how the numbers could have changed so significantly).
Boalt has definitely redeemed itself to me by deciding to uphold my original grant offer for next year. I'm glad that it was resolved in this manner, and other avenues of reconciliation did not have to be pursued.
Also, I love Boalt. I don't know that most FinAid offices would have handled this as kindly, quickly and with the degree of dignity that Boalt did.