Texas Class of 2016

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2016)
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eaper
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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby eaper » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:26 am

michaelm55 wrote:What sort of alternatives are there? Of course the answer to this question depends on the exact location one is discussing, but I have found it very difficult to find any other service company near the school.

Do any other Internet service providers cover the area near the school?

P.S. I am going to be living in the Far West (up north a bit). "The Ridge".


Grande and UVerse are the only other ones I know of, but I don't know where they cover.

Also, from what I've heard, UVerse>Grande>TW... but they all suck.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby mg7 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:21 pm

FWIW I lived in north-central Austin, had uverse and loved it.
ETA don't get TW, their service is awful and constantly cuts out. I dunno about Grande but TW sucks.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby philosoraptor » Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:35 pm

Actually, now that I think about it, my roommate and I had Uverse 1L year, and it was better than Time Warner.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby eaper » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:34 am

mg7 wrote:FWIW I lived in north-central Austin, had uverse and loved it.
ETA don't get TW, their service is awful and constantly cuts out. I dunno about Grande but TW sucks.


Maybe all that really is bad about UVerse is that you can only get it at certain parts of Austin.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby romanticegotist » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:39 am

I have had issues out the ass with my TW internet service, and my current apartment is less than 1/4 mile from one of their major service centers :/

I think it depends on whether or not the apartment complex was wired correctly; TW claims my problems come from shitty contract work when my complex was remodeled, but I dunno if I believe them.

ANYWAY, went to the April 5th ASD, and I'm very impressed. The employment numbers from the ABA were broken down for us at a panel and things are looking pretty good provided you aren't a moron. I was hoping not to leave Austin and it looks like I won't have to!

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby shifty_eyed » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:57 am

Apparently google fiber is coming to Austin :!:

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby romanticegotist » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:19 am

shifty_eyed wrote:Apparently google fiber is coming to Austin :!:


OH HELLZ YES. Eat a dick, Time Warner.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby michaelm55 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:51 pm

I am very excited about Google Fiber. $300 one time fee for 5 MBPS internet... forever, and $70.00 per month for 1GBPS speed (plus taxes and instalation fees) - free wifi router with firewall. The real question is this... will Google be able to lay cable, install servers, and deploy services any time soon?

Some of the articles I have been reading suggest that while Google's services and pricing are unmatched, the resources necessary to upstart a market city are enormous. Some websites estimate that installation in all major US markets would exceed $140,000,000,000.00 (140 Billion), an enormous undertaking. For this reason, many don't believe that Google Fiber will ever seriously pose a challenge to current industry giants, simply because Google's creative interests don't coorespond with the financial investments requisite to challenge Time Warner in most major markets that they have control over.

Bottom line: Google Fiber is scheduled to make an official announcement this week that they will begin servicing the Austin area, and I am hoping that they also release a date... so I can sign up!

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby romanticegotist » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:07 pm

No kidding...I've got a buddy here in Austin whose TW internet is uncapped and he says that the Google fiber speeds are still like many multiples faster.

On an unrelated note, I found out this weekend that the law library has every season of every Law and Order on DVD so that pretty much seals it for me.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby michaelm55 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:06 pm

What Big 10 school did you go to?

Also...

Concerning Google Fiber's speed, 1 GBPS is so much that it is also many times more than a person could ever use given current data usage. The advantage will come when 3D printers are less expensive and more developed, as well as ambiant interaction technologies (when you can "be" with someone all day that is physically accross the country or planet).

Other industry giants will argue that since an individual could never utilize 1 GBPS true bandwith, Google Fiber is excessive and not truly more advantageous.

But what they will do about Google's $300 - free 5mbps option... well, they can't beat it.
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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby romanticegotist » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:10 pm

michaelm55 wrote:What Big 10 school did you go to?


I may or may not worship an anatomically inaccurate gopher.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby michaelm55 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:16 pm

Goldy the Gopher! UMN baby! Ha. I love the response!

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby Chaucer1343 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:42 pm

Anyone else get their need aid info yet?

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby BigZuck » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:47 pm

Chaucer1343 wrote:Anyone else get their need aid info yet?


Else? As in, you got yours already?

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby michaelm55 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:51 pm

I have not receive my financial aid report yet.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby Chaucer1343 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:00 pm

Yes, mines up on UT CASH.

PM for details

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby Aawaldrop » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:26 pm

Mine's up as well. Surprisingly non-zero grant aid.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby Chaucer1343 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:33 pm

Aawaldrop wrote:Mine's up as well. Surprisingly non-zero grant aid.

Need aid is tacked onto merit? Sounds like a win for you. 8)

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby shifty_eyed » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:24 pm

Repost from the application thread, but from the form I got during my fin aid meeting, I think everyone gets 3k/yr in need-based grants (except maybe if you aren't poor).

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby timeandspace11 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:57 pm

I have not received my financial aid report yet...I just paid my deposit today. I hope there isnt a problem

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby shifty_eyed » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:59 pm

timeandspace11 wrote:I have not received my financial aid report yet...I just paid my deposit today. I hope there isnt a problem

When did you submit your FAFSA? I haven't deposited.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby timeandspace11 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:02 pm

shifty_eyed wrote:
timeandspace11 wrote:I have not received my financial aid report yet...I just paid my deposit today. I hope there isnt a problem

When did you submit your FAFSA? I haven't deposited.


I forget exactly when. I think it was mid March

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby shifty_eyed » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:04 pm

timeandspace11 wrote:
shifty_eyed wrote:
timeandspace11 wrote:I have not received my financial aid report yet...I just paid my deposit today. I hope there isnt a problem

When did you submit your FAFSA? I haven't deposited.


I forget exactly when. I think it was mid March


The priority deadline was March 15, so they probably are just sending out the awards to those who submitted before then. But this shouldn't mean you won't get anything, afaik!

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby timeandspace11 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:08 pm

shifty_eyed wrote:
timeandspace11 wrote:
shifty_eyed wrote:
timeandspace11 wrote:I have not received my financial aid report yet...I just paid my deposit today. I hope there isnt a problem

When did you submit your FAFSA? I haven't deposited.


I forget exactly when. I think it was mid March


The priority deadline was March 1, so they probably are just sending out the awards to those who submitted before then. But this shouldn't mean you won't get anything, afaik!


Actually I just checked, I submitted my FAFSA mid February. I have email from Texas saying they received it and said it is valid. They also gave me a good scholarship. Im hoping they are just sending out the information in waves.

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Re: Texas Class of 2016

Postby Chaucer1343 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:04 am

There is a gap in financial aid coverage (COA and actual loans provided). Also, the estimated student budget has changed recently.

Two weeks ago the budget was:

Tuition $33,162
Books & Supplies $1,170
Room & Board $10,946
Travel $1,242
Misc $3,054
Total $49,574

(Loan Fees weren't included)

Now it's:

Tuition $33,162
Books & Supplies $1,294
Room & Board $12,420
Travel $1,470
Misc $3,890
Loan fees $1,200
Total $53,436

(On another note, the total on the Shopping Sheet is listed as $53,536.) [So, add $100 to the newer estimated budget figure.]

The Shopping Sheet notes a loan option of $49,236/year. So, there's a gap in coverage of $4,200-4,300.




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