Penn Class of 2016

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby S-La » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:17 pm

Check out http://www.universitycityassociates.com for housing. They own/operate a ton of buildings in University City. I got a 1 BR in one of their buildings which is located at 123 S. 39th St. (practically on campus) for $755 a month with utilities included (except electricity).

Hope that helps.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby jychun412 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:04 pm

Just got my financial aid decision. $0 need and merit I think.
Merit awards don't come later do they?

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby 02889 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:12 pm

jychun412 wrote:Just got my financial aid decision. $0 need and merit I think.
Merit awards don't come later do they?

It has been confirmed that merit comes out later, though there's still some confusion because some people have received emails that are explicitly relating to need-based, and others have received emails like "You didn't qualify for need, but here's some merit!" For those of us who only got the need-based notification, it remains to be seen whether we'll get additional merit down the line.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby digifly » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:23 pm

Is there anywhere online where we can login and check financial aid?

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby jychun412 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:29 pm

02889 wrote:
jychun412 wrote:Just got my financial aid decision. $0 need and merit I think.
Merit awards don't come later do they?

It has been confirmed that merit comes out later, though there's still some confusion because some people have received emails that are explicitly relating to need-based, and others have received emails like "You didn't qualify for need, but here's some merit!" For those of us who only got the need-based notification, it remains to be seen whether we'll get additional merit down the line.


I was about to withdraw but I guess I'll wait a bit more. Thanks a lot for the info!

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby 02889 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:15 pm

digifly wrote:Is there anywhere online where we can login and check financial aid?

They send an email with a generated username to log into the site, so I think until you receive that there's nothing you can check.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby JamesDean1955 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:20 pm

02889 wrote:
digifly wrote:Is there anywhere online where we can login and check financial aid?

They send an email with a generated username to log into the site, so I think until you receive that there's nothing you can check.


+1. A few pages back I posted the email subject line/content. They are sending these out in waves through April I believe.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby LSATSCORES2012 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:01 am

Visiting tomorrow - will report back with what I think! :)

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby JamesDean1955 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:22 am

LSATSCORES2012 wrote:Visiting tomorrow - will report back with what I think! :)


Please do :)

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby LSATSCORES2012 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:14 pm

So...

the law school is really nice, probably a little bit more beautiful than NYU. The undergrads seem to be generally very serious and they kind of scared me. The campus was beautiful and in the food court people seemed to be happy. The law students, as a whole, seemed to genuinely enjoy being students at Penn. The student who gave me a tour was very warm, and the student I ate lunch with seemed to be very knowledgeable (and he went to my undergrad!)

I got to meet with Randi Garnick and had a very nice conversation with her about Penn and the other schools I'm looking at, and I also got to meet with Anthony Henry, the Director of Financial Aid.

Overall, I really enjoyed the visit. Last night I got to go out for dinner with two friends, one of whom is a 3L in the law school, and the chance to meet with the other students today and get their perspective was really nice.

Objectively, Penn is an amazing place. I just have a hard time seeing myself there - so I'll probably end up at NYU or Chicago, unless Penn pulls through with scholarship money.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby Mr. Frodo » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:23 pm

For anyone attending the Friday night dinner at ASW, make sure you put Triumph Brewery on your restaurant list. The food is amazing, and the beer is even better.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby digifly » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:26 pm

Weeelllllp, looking at about 40k total for financial aid. I'm glad they gave me something, but I feel like that's sort of small. Anyone know the average size of Penn grants?

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby Mr. Frodo » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:28 pm

digifly wrote:Weeelllllp, looking at about 40k total for financial aid. I'm glad they gave me something, but I feel like that's sort of small. Anyone know the average size of Penn grants?


40k seems to be it.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby 02889 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:45 pm

digifly wrote:Weeelllllp, looking at about 40k total for financial aid. I'm glad they gave me something, but I feel like that's sort of small. Anyone know the average size of Penn grants?

Was that specifically need-based? There's some hope that people getting strictly need-based will get revisited later for merit-based.

On that note, has anyone who received need-based grants received a follow-up with merit aid? Looking at you, people with super high numbers.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby JamesDean1955 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:02 pm

02889 wrote:
digifly wrote:Weeelllllp, looking at about 40k total for financial aid. I'm glad they gave me something, but I feel like that's sort of small. Anyone know the average size of Penn grants?

Was that specifically need-based? There's some hope that people getting strictly need-based will get revisited later for merit-based.

On that note, has anyone who received need-based grants received a follow-up with merit aid? Looking at you, people with super high numbers.


+1

I'm also interested to know if anyone receiving need based aid is below both medians. I have a suspicion that even the purely need based aid has a numbers component to it. If so, it's unlikely that we will get additional merit only awards later in the cycle.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby digifly » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:03 pm

02889 wrote:
digifly wrote:Weeelllllp, looking at about 40k total for financial aid. I'm glad they gave me something, but I feel like that's sort of small. Anyone know the average size of Penn grants?

Was that specifically need-based? There's some hope that people getting strictly need-based will get revisited later for merit-based.

On that note, has anyone who received need-based grants received a follow-up with merit aid? Looking at you, people with super high numbers.


It says that that was a "Law School Grant" on my decision tab, but on the budgeting breakdown it classifies it as need-based aid. So, basically I have no idea haha.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby chiach1 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:14 pm

hey guys, i have a question.
just got the wilson scholarship for 60K, will this affect the amount they grant me in need based aid? will i still be eligibilile to obtain other forms of need based aid that aernt loans such as grants etc? and if so will that 60k scholarship siginificantly reduce it?
thanks in advance

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby JamesDean1955 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:26 pm

digifly wrote:
02889 wrote:
digifly wrote:Weeelllllp, looking at about 40k total for financial aid. I'm glad they gave me something, but I feel like that's sort of small. Anyone know the average size of Penn grants?

Was that specifically need-based? There's some hope that people getting strictly need-based will get revisited later for merit-based.

On that note, has anyone who received need-based grants received a follow-up with merit aid? Looking at you, people with super high numbers.


It says that that was a "Law School Grant" on my decision tab, but on the budgeting breakdown it classifies it as need-based aid. So, basically I have no idea haha.


That's need aid.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby JamesDean1955 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:28 pm

chiach1 wrote:hey guys, i have a question.
just got the wilson scholarship for 60K, will this affect the amount they grant me in need based aid? will i still be eligibilile to obtain other forms of need based aid that aernt loans such as grants etc? and if so will that 60k scholarship siginificantly reduce it?
thanks in advance


It will certainly have an impact on your need aid, as they will take everything into consideration when awarding additional aid. It varies depending on the person. You're still eligible.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby digifly » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:39 pm


It says that that was a "Law School Grant" on my decision tab, but on the budgeting breakdown it classifies it as need-based aid. So, basically I have no idea haha.


That's need aid.


So there is still a chance that I will be offered merit aid at some point? How long until I should expect to hear about that?

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby JamesDean1955 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:48 pm

digifly wrote:So there is still a chance that I will be offered merit aid at some point? How long until I should expect to hear about that?


I'm not sure, I'm in the same exact boat as you and wondering that myself. I do think that Penn finishes disbursing merit awards in April for those of us who have been admitted (per either their website and/or something in the admitted student packet - I don't recall). Last year, the bulk of merit awards were made at the end of March through mid-April. Awards made after April are just going to be for people who get in off the waitlist.

Thankfully, we are mid-way through March, so the waiting game will be over soon for all schools (unless you're on some waitlists, like me :? )

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby JamesDean1955 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:51 pm

Also, congrats on the UVA scholly Digifly - what will it take from Penn to sway you away from Virginia?

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby digifly » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:58 pm

JamesDean1955 wrote:Also, congrats on the UVA scholly Digifly - what will it take from Penn to sway you away from Virginia?


Thanks! It will probably take a lot. It's tough to look at UVA's financial breakdown and see SUCH a small number left over and then come back to the Penn overview haha.

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby newlaw2016 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:48 am

How soon did people receive their financial aid award packages after being accepted? Do they mail them or email them? TYIA!

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Re: Penn Class of 2016

Postby WinterIsHere » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:24 am

Just checked the Penn Preview Day page on the admitted students site and noticed that they now have an itinerary and registration up. Not sure how long it has been posted, but I've been checking the page periodically and noticed it this morning.




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