No posts for a while ... I already posted on the "accepts/waitlisted/etc." board, but I was admitted two weeks ago. UH was really my only choice, considering I didn't have the LSATs for UT, the grades for a merit scholarship anywhere that doesn't suck, or the $$$ for SMU or Baylor (not that I'd EVER go to the latter - anyone considering such a decision has clearly never spent any substantive time in Waco).
To cut-and-paste what I posted on the other board: like many others I haven't heard anything yet on aid levels, but what concerns me is my understanding -- and I'm hoping someone here can clarify if it's accurate -- from both what's posted on the UH Web site, and also in my correspondence with Laura Neal in their financial aid office, that I can only get $1600/month beyond tuition/fees for living expenses. That's not seriously true, is it? Assuming I lived off-campus, an apartment would eat up at least half of that amount alone. The weird part is that Laura said the following: "If you live at Calhoun lofts, I can increase your budget to reflect that cost to allow you to borrow more in a grad plus loan." Does this seriously mean I can only get additional financial aid to cover housing if I live in the outrageously overpriced and tiny (albeit convenient) Calhoun building with a bunch of undergrads? I'm not looking forward to commuting, and I already know from Houston friends (and UH undergrad attendees) that the parking situation is hellish, but $5,500/semester for a 500 sq ft apartment just seems f'in ridiculous. Not sure if anyone else here is familiar with the building's history, but it was a $100 million+ boondoggle developed during the economic bubble, and was originally supposed to have ridiculous amenities like valet parking (at an on-campus state school dorm!!). It was also originally planned solely for grad students, and even though it doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere on the UH Web site, they've been letting undergrads live there since they couldn't find enough grad students to fill the 950 or so apartments (though apparently they're on separate floors).
Anyway ... just curious if anyone else has had similar feedback. I'd MUCH rather live someplace like the Heights than on campus, if only for sanity's sake, even taking commuting into account. Oh btw 2012-2013 tuition has been posted, and it's right around $30K (in-state).