Columbia Class of 2017

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2017)

When will you be moving in / to NYC?

Already in the city / before end of June
4
8%
Early or mid-July
1
2%
End of July
5
10%
August 1~4
7
14%
August 5~8
12
24%
August 9~12
12
24%
August 13~15
6
12%
After August 15, because IDGAF
3
6%
 
Total votes: 50

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby papercut » Wed May 14, 2014 1:40 pm

Humbert Humbert wrote:
moopness wrote:So all we need to do is sign the MPN and then write how much we need in loans for the law school loan request form right? Am I missing something? Because it seems really simple but if other people are having trouble with it or find it confusing I feel like I really must be missing something and I don't want to fuck up.

Also, I don't see Columbia Law School listed, only Columbia University in the City of New York. Is this right?


Yes, and yes. :)

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby francesfarmer » Wed May 14, 2014 2:02 pm

Anybody else having a panic attack about sending in their loan request form? I'm not even paying sticker. TLS, give me strength.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby papercut » Wed May 14, 2014 2:06 pm

francesfarmer wrote:Anybody else having a panic attack about sending in their loan request form? I'm not even paying sticker. TLS, give me strength.


Yeah bro (broette?). Similiar feels here. I keep telling myself that if it doesn't make sense to take out these loans at CLS, it doesn't make sense anywhere. And it surely makes sense somewhere.

You can use an excel spreadsheet to figure out your takehome minus loan payment (there's a function that calculates monthly loan payments), minus NYC rent, minus taxes. It doesn't look too shabby at all--especially if you weren't pulling down a ton of money before law school.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby francesfarmer » Wed May 14, 2014 2:11 pm

papercut wrote:
francesfarmer wrote:Anybody else having a panic attack about sending in their loan request form? I'm not even paying sticker. TLS, give me strength.


Yeah bro (broette?). Similiar feels here. I keep telling myself that if it doesn't make sense to take out these loans at CLS, it doesn't make sense anywhere. And it surely makes sense somewhere.

You can use an excel spreadsheet to figure out your takehome minus loan payment (there's a function that calculates monthly loan payments), minus NYC rent, minus taxes. It doesn't look too shabby at all--especially if you weren't pulling down a ton of money before law school.

You're right, and I'm a splitter, and I wouldn't be getting a better deal anywhere else that's remotely comparable, and I already live in NYC and am doing fine on my paltry salary, and I've been having this conversation with myself since I deferred in 2013! I need to bite the bullet.

And yes, I am a bro-ette.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby drevo » Wed May 14, 2014 2:13 pm

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby buffalo_ » Wed May 14, 2014 2:21 pm

drevo wrote:
francesfarmer wrote:Anybody else having a panic attack about sending in their loan request form? I'm not even paying sticker. TLS, give me strength.


I didn't send it in for a couple days because of basically this. Writing out the dollar amounts for the loan request was unpleasant, and I am not paying sticker either. But you'll be fine. As papercut mentioned, if we're going to take out loans for law school Columbia is about as safe of a bet to repay them as you can get.


It was especially fun when the entrance counseling suggested I needed to earn a salary of $400K+ to avoid financial hardship while in repayment. :lol:

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby EquallyWrong » Wed May 14, 2014 2:33 pm

francesfarmer wrote:Anybody else having a panic attack about sending in their loan request form? I'm not even paying sticker. TLS, give me strength.

low-level nervous breakdown, but no panic attacks yet. about a 3.6 on the EquallyWrong mental stability richter scale.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby francesfarmer » Wed May 14, 2014 2:35 pm

Trying to bite the bullet and I can't even complete my MPN at work because of our fucking internet security! MAF!

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby Humbert Humbert » Wed May 14, 2014 4:35 pm

What do we need to do after signing the MPN? Where is this loan request form? I assume there should be two (one for Stafford, one for grad plus, right?

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby papercut » Wed May 14, 2014 4:54 pm

Humbert Humbert wrote:What do we need to do after signing the MPN? Where is this loan request form? I assume there should be two (one for Stafford, one for grad plus, right?


The loan request form came with your grant/stafford loan email. It's one page.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby Balthy » Wed May 14, 2014 6:35 pm

Humbert Humbert wrote:What do we need to do after signing the MPN? Where is this loan request form? I assume there should be two (one for Stafford, one for grad plus, right?



You also have to do the first counseling thing.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby Kimikho » Wed May 14, 2014 6:59 pm

Catching up

Are there any due dates I need to be aware of :|

Also that fb think sent me into a cold sweat because I didn't even keep reading the thread

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby papercut » Wed May 14, 2014 7:02 pm

scoobers wrote:Catching up

Are there any due dates I need to be aware of :|

Also that fb think sent me into a cold sweat because I didn't even keep reading the thread


Lol @ fb thing.

May 15: Housing application, FA Questionnaire, Loan application, FAFSA
June 1: Deferral request, Tony Patino Fellowship
June 15: Submit Deans Cert from all schools
July 1: seat deposit refund
August 1: transcripts from all schools
...

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby Kimikho » Wed May 14, 2014 7:06 pm

papercut wrote:
scoobers wrote:Catching up

Are there any due dates I need to be aware of :|

Also that fb think sent me into a cold sweat because I didn't even keep reading the thread


Lol @ fb thing.

May 15: Housing application, FA Questionnaire, Loan application, FAFSA
June 1: Deferral request, Tony Patino Fellowship
June 15: Submit Deans Cert from all schools
July 1: seat deposit refund
August 1: transcripts from all schools
...


:shock:
Thank you!
Do we fill out the loan request form each year or are we estimating for all 3 years?

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby papercut » Wed May 14, 2014 7:09 pm

scoobers wrote:
papercut wrote:
scoobers wrote:Catching up

Are there any due dates I need to be aware of :|

Also that fb think sent me into a cold sweat because I didn't even keep reading the thread


Lol @ fb thing.

May 15: Housing application, FA Questionnaire, Loan application, FAFSA
June 1: Deferral request, Tony Patino Fellowship
June 15: Submit Deans Cert from all schools
July 1: seat deposit refund
August 1: transcripts from all schools
...


:shock:
Thank you!
Do we fill out the loan request form each year or are we estimating for all 3 years?


Each year. Don't let it stress you out. I called them a few days ago and they said they would give people a few days after the deadline to get everything in, and if you have documents missing they'll just let you know. But I would still try to get them out today.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby Kimikho » Wed May 14, 2014 7:13 pm

Should I be finding these forms in my inbox because I'm not...
Also what's MPN?

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby a.sleepyhead » Wed May 14, 2014 7:17 pm

scoobers wrote:Should I be finding these forms in my inbox because I'm not...
Also what's MPN?


My form came along with my emailed aid offer, but you can also find it on the accepted students site (somewhere...)

MPN = master promissory note, which is what you fill out on the government student loans site after you finish your online "loan counseling"

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby Kimikho » Wed May 14, 2014 7:23 pm

a.sleepyhead wrote:
scoobers wrote:Should I be finding these forms in my inbox because I'm not...
Also what's MPN?


My form came along with my emailed aid offer, but you can also find it on the accepted students site (somewhere...)

MPN = master promissory note, which is what you fill out on the government student loans site after you finish your online "loan counseling"


Okay, thank you!!!!!

Sorry for clogging up the thread with dumb questions

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby almondjoy » Wed May 14, 2014 7:25 pm

papercut wrote:
Humbert Humbert wrote:What do we need to do after signing the MPN? Where is this loan request form? I assume there should be two (one for Stafford, one for grad plus, right?


The loan request form came with your grant/stafford loan email. It's one page.

Kinda freaking out because my grant/Stafford email didn't come with a loan request form... I emailed the financial aid office but I'll call tomorrow first thing.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby papercut » Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 pm

almondjoy wrote:
papercut wrote:
Humbert Humbert wrote:What do we need to do after signing the MPN? Where is this loan request form? I assume there should be two (one for Stafford, one for grad plus, right?


The loan request form came with your grant/stafford loan email. It's one page.

Kinda freaking out because my grant/Stafford email didn't come with a loan request form... I emailed the financial aid office but I'll call tomorrow first thing.


PM me homes. I'll email you the form. It's generic.

Actually, here's it is.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/093wtpil2ydzz6z/Federal%20Direct%20Loan%20Request%20Form%202014-15%20Stafford%20%26%20GPLUS%20%282%29.pdf?n=167426626
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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby dcpanther » Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 pm

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby Theopliske8711 » Wed May 14, 2014 7:49 pm

anyone.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby EquallyWrong » Wed May 14, 2014 8:00 pm

done. living off mostly government loans next year, god help me.
thanks to papercut for that list of deadlines...I'm not great with that stuff, probably going to procrastinate a month before doing the Dean's Certification as well.

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby Kimikho » Wed May 14, 2014 9:33 pm

Image

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Re: Columbia Class of 2017

Postby papercut » Wed May 14, 2014 9:52 pm

scoobers wrote:Image

¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Haha, yeah that's nice. Hopefully we'll get to take class on the legal ins and outs of faking your own death sometime during 3L.




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