Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby halestorm » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:06 pm

No grants showing up on my account, but there is a "Federal Perkins Loan" for a small amount. I haven't seen this before on other school's sites. Does anybody else have this, too?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby helix23 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:07 pm

the finaid website is all kinds of messed up.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby sinfiery » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:14 pm

It's been so long I forgot my login info

Last time this happened I had to attempt to create new accounts until I got a username is in use then went through all my passwords...and still didn't write it down. Ugh..


Eta: shows 20500 grant aid leaving a COA of 210k roughly, depending on interest rates
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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby djwjddl » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:22 pm

update:

after speaking with finaid office, here's what the deal is:

1. i was told finaid offers were finalized last night (not sure if this means for all applicants), which is why people are slowly seeing their respective pages continue to update little by little.

2. formal finaid letters should be going out soon.

3. i was told that any sort of number that you see next to "My Gift Aid" or "Grant - Law" is only comprised of need-based grants at this moment (despite what it says otherwise). It does not include any scholarship offers (i.e. matching scholarships) yet.

I'm finding point #3 hard to believe for several reasons, but it seems like a way we can at least try to test the validity of #3 would be to see how the finaid page of a person who has formally received a matching scholarship offer (saw at least one on this thread?) looks. Does it include a separate column/category for the matching scholarship? If it doesn't, then we might just have to wait for the formal communication regarding matching to come.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby pannekoeken » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:52 pm

RSterling wrote:I'm seeing a net cost and award details tab, but it's just loans there. Boo.


+1. Will DEFINITELY be withdrawing from Berkeley if this is true. Just too expensive! And I wrote every single optional essay there was to get scholarship funds so I'd be a little sad just for my time's sake as well :(

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby helix23 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:57 pm

djwjddl wrote:update:

after speaking with finaid office, here's what the deal is:

1. i was told finaid offers were finalized last night (not sure if this means for all applicants), which is why people are slowly seeing their respective pages continue to update little by little.

2. formal finaid letters should be going out soon.

3. i was told that any sort of number that you see next to "My Gift Aid" or "Grant - Law" is only comprised of need-based grants at this moment (despite what it says otherwise). It does not include any scholarship offers (i.e. matching scholarships) yet.

I'm finding point #3 hard to believe for several reasons, but it seems like a way we can at least try to test the validity of #3 would be to see how the finaid page of a person who has formally received a matching scholarship offer (saw at least one on this thread?) looks. Does it include a separate column/category for the matching scholarship? If it doesn't, then we might just have to wait for the formal communication regarding matching to come.


Very informative, thank you. I hope #3 is true.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby sinfiery » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:00 pm

Wow, thanks for that.



21k need based aid...interesting

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby cwid1391 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:05 pm

sinfiery wrote:Wow, thanks for that.



21k need based aid...interesting


Do we know if that is per year or overall?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby djwjddl » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:07 pm

cwid1391 wrote:
sinfiery wrote:Wow, thanks for that.



21k need based aid...interesting


Do we know if that is per year or overall?


need-based grants are per year.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby ***corgy*** » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:18 pm

helix23 wrote:
djwjddl wrote:update:

after speaking with finaid office, here's what the deal is:

1. i was told finaid offers were finalized last night (not sure if this means for all applicants), which is why people are slowly seeing their respective pages continue to update little by little.

2. formal finaid letters should be going out soon.

3. i was told that any sort of number that you see next to "My Gift Aid" or "Grant - Law" is only comprised of need-based grants at this moment (despite what it says otherwise). It does not include any scholarship offers (i.e. matching scholarships) yet.

I'm finding point #3 hard to believe for several reasons, but it seems like a way we can at least try to test the validity of #3 would be to see how the finaid page of a person who has formally received a matching scholarship offer (saw at least one on this thread?) looks. Does it include a separate column/category for the matching scholarship? If it doesn't, then we might just have to wait for the formal communication regarding matching to come.


Very informative, thank you. I hope #3 is true.


Bumming hard about no need aid. I hope that what they told you is true and I might still get a matching scholarship!

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby djwjddl » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:25 pm

djwjddl wrote:update:

after speaking with finaid office, here's what the deal is:

1. i was told finaid offers were finalized last night (not sure if this means for all applicants), which is why people are slowly seeing their respective pages continue to update little by little.

2. formal finaid letters should be going out soon.

3. i was told that any sort of number that you see next to "My Gift Aid" or "Grant - Law" is only comprised of need-based grants at this moment (despite what it says otherwise). It does not include any scholarship offers (i.e. matching scholarships) yet.

I'm finding point #3 hard to believe for several reasons, but it seems like a way we can at least try to test the validity of #3 would be to see how the finaid page of a person who has formally received a matching scholarship offer (saw at least one on this thread?) looks. Does it include a separate column/category for the matching scholarship? If it doesn't, then we might just have to wait for the formal communication regarding matching to come.


#3 confirmed. Guess if you want matching you gotta wait for the formal letter.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby twinkletoes16 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:32 pm

djwjddl wrote:
djwjddl wrote:update:

after speaking with finaid office, here's what the deal is:

1. i was told finaid offers were finalized last night (not sure if this means for all applicants), which is why people are slowly seeing their respective pages continue to update little by little.

2. formal finaid letters should be going out soon.

3. i was told that any sort of number that you see next to "My Gift Aid" or "Grant - Law" is only comprised of need-based grants at this moment (despite what it says otherwise). It does not include any scholarship offers (i.e. matching scholarships) yet.

I'm finding point #3 hard to believe for several reasons, but it seems like a way we can at least try to test the validity of #3 would be to see how the finaid page of a person who has formally received a matching scholarship offer (saw at least one on this thread?) looks. Does it include a separate column/category for the matching scholarship? If it doesn't, then we might just have to wait for the formal communication regarding matching to come.


#3 confirmed. Guess if you want matching you gotta wait for the formal letter.



Wait we won't know until we get a formal letter if we get one at all? Like snail mail? What if we're at ASW when those show up to our mailbox?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby djwjddl » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:37 pm

Sorry formal letter as in email.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby helix23 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:38 pm

djwjddl wrote:Sorry formal letter as in email.


LOL

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby MacB » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:41 pm

Berkeley officially has the silliest, most unnecessarily complicated finaid website/process ever.

So I was able to confirm #3 as well. More importantly I found out that the April 15th deadline is actually only a tentative intent to enroll deadline. The admissions response sheet should be on your admitted student website and you should submit your response by April 15th if Berkeley is a serious option for you but you are not 100% certain of your intent to enroll. Hope someone was wondering about that.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby twinkletoes16 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:07 pm

Mine updated, all loans. Haven't gotten need based aid anywhere else so expects as much. Just now holding out hope for a matching scholly ):

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby kfischm1 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:08 pm

I just logged in and I also saw a $21,000 need grant for this year from Berkeley on my financial aid page. I'm going to submit my matching scholarship form in the next couple of days to see if they will match my $30,000 a year scholarship offer from UVA (for a total of $90,000), though I'm not too optimistic. I'm assuming that would affect the grant amount if they did?

UVA's scholarship deposit deadline is Friday, so it looks like I'm going to have to pay that and then possibly be out $500 later if Berkeley comes through. With the grant from Berkeley, it is not automatically renewable, so I can't assume and depend on getting it my second and third year. With UVA I could be sure that I would get $30,000 each year (unless my GPA drops below 2.3). If I was guaranteed the grant each year at Berkeley, I feel like my options between the two would be more comparable.

I wonder how many scholly's UVA ends up funding from those seat deposits that people end up forfitting? I'm sure quit a few.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby swordking90 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:10 pm

twinkletoes16 wrote:Mine updated, all loans. Haven't gotten need based aid anywhere else so expects as much. Just now holding out hope for a matching scholly ):


Just curious: which offer did you submit for Berkeley to match?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby postard » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:15 pm

twinkletoes16 wrote:Mine updated, all loans. Haven't gotten need based aid anywhere else so expects as much. Just now holding out hope for a matching scholly ):


Me2! The hoping part, at least. Still waiting on MyFinAid.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby sinfiery » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:24 pm

Straight rejected 120k UVA offer on matching scholly. 176/3.84


Well then. You're perfect for me, Berkeley, but you cost way too damn much relative to other places.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby helix23 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:25 pm

sinfiery wrote:Straight rejected 120k UVA offer on matching scholly. 176/3.84


Well then. You're perfect for me, Berkeley, but you cost way too damn much relative to other places.


Shitty. At least you got decent need-based?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby sinfiery » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:27 pm

helix23 wrote:
sinfiery wrote:Straight rejected 120k UVA offer on matching scholly. 176/3.84


Well then. You're perfect for me, Berkeley, but you cost way too damn much relative to other places.


Shitty. At least you got decent need-based?

Yeah, but feels bad to be told, merit wise, nada. I'll still be withdrawing tho. Gl to those waiting.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby jbagelboy » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:30 pm

sinfiery wrote:Straight rejected 120k UVA offer on matching scholly. 176/3.84


Well then. You're perfect for me, Berkeley, but you cost way too damn much relative to other places.


how did you find out? email?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby sinfiery » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:33 pm

Yep, email 30 min ago

Eta: submitted all forms Feb 6th I want to say
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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby helix23 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:34 pm

sinfiery wrote:Yep, email 30 min ago


where's mine?!

Sorry to hear you didn't get anything. GL HF.




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