atomist wrote:hey guys, I have a question about need based aid.
I was admitted back in february and received my need based award in march. although I said that I was an independent on need access, my award is extremely small: 8k/year in grants. if I attend UCLA in the fall I'll have to borrow upwards of 60k in federal loans.
I called financial aid today and was told that even though I regard myself as an independent (I just finished a master's which I paid for myself) I don't actually count because my parents helped pay my way through college, and it hasn't been 6 years yet since I was a dependent (6 years being the minimum time required to be regarded as independent).
I also did not receive a merit based award on admission. is there anything I can do at this stage to make a decision to enroll in the fall more rational? I was told to appeal to dean shwartz, but I don't have money elsewhere that I can negotiate with.
is my award unusually low? I was expecting way more in need based aid, just given the fact that I've been independent in effect since I finished college in 2010.
I don't think 8k is that low for a need-based award. I'm poor, my family is as well, and I received 10k. I did get a merit scholly, though.