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Jules Winnfield
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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Jules Winnfield » Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:52 pm

Got in almost two weeks ago....does anybody know how good Columbia is with financial aid? I'm afraid they might dole out all of their money before I get anything.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby CanadianEH » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:44 pm

AFAIK, only the named scholly's have gone out so far. Other aid goes out begining at the end of the month - not sure how generous they are with $$ though.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby BenJ » Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:22 pm

CanadianEH wrote:AFAIK, only the named scholly's have gone out so far. Other aid goes out begining at the end of the month - not sure how generous they are with $$ though.


Anyone know a more precise date for the aid? NYU's enrollment deadline to get aid is 4/2, which is incredibly catty of them.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby maudlinstreet » Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:24 pm

BenJ wrote:
CanadianEH wrote:AFAIK, only the named scholly's have gone out so far. Other aid goes out begining at the end of the month - not sure how generous they are with $$ though.


Anyone know a more precise date for the aid? NYU's enrollment deadline to get aid is 4/2, which is incredibly catty of them.

judging from last year, people started getting aid in the mail on 4/3. :?

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=48833&start=475

it's at the bottom of the page

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby WrappedUpInBooks » Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:28 pm

maudlinstreet wrote:
BenJ wrote:
CanadianEH wrote:AFAIK, only the named scholly's have gone out so far. Other aid goes out begining at the end of the month - not sure how generous they are with $$ though.


Anyone know a more precise date for the aid? NYU's enrollment deadline to get aid is 4/2, which is incredibly catty of them.

judging from last year, people started getting aid in the mail on 4/3. :?

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=48833&start=475

it's at the bottom of the page


I love NYU, but this is ridiculous.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby BenJ » Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:30 pm

maudlinstreet wrote:
BenJ wrote:
CanadianEH wrote:AFAIK, only the named scholly's have gone out so far. Other aid goes out begining at the end of the month - not sure how generous they are with $$ though.


Anyone know a more precise date for the aid? NYU's enrollment deadline to get aid is 4/2, which is incredibly catty of them.

judging from last year, people started getting aid in the mail on 4/3. :?

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=48833&start=475

it's at the bottom of the page


Okay, sleazy all around on NYU's part. Despite getting a fairly decent chunk of money from them, I think this actually pushed me towards Columbia. Nice job, NYU. If they'd given me more money, I would have been happy despite the manipulating, but a small scholarship and this shenanigans just make me angry.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby jsbr1114 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:02 pm

Is April 2nd the enrollment deadline for those who received merit aid (i.e. Dean's scholarship)? I imagine it's not the deadline for those receiving purely need-based aid.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:20 pm

Does Columbia grant need based (if applicable) financial aid in addition to merit based scholarships? I got my NYU aid info today and it looks like they bundle everything in with the Dean's scholy.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby CG614 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:21 pm

Jules Winnfield wrote:Got in almost two weeks ago....does anybody know how good Columbia is with financial aid? I'm afraid they might dole out all of their money before I get anything.

Did you fill out all the FINAID stuff for them? And send your/your parents tax returns? It was due March 1st or ASAP after acceptance. I am scrambling to get it all in this week. Just got in yesterday.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Jules Winnfield » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:02 pm

CG614 wrote:
Jules Winnfield wrote:Got in almost two weeks ago....does anybody know how good Columbia is with financial aid? I'm afraid they might dole out all of their money before I get anything.

Did you fill out all the FINAID stuff for them? And send your/your parents tax returns? It was due March 1st or ASAP after acceptance. I am scrambling to get it all in this week. Just got in yesterday.



I sent in my Fafsa, etc. a long time ago. Good luck with putting your finaid info, together!

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby of Benito Cereno » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:07 pm

as far as i can tell from lsn, last year pretty much every applicant who received money from nyu and was also admitted to columbia got money from columbia. often more and always in the same ballpark. it seems pretty rare that someone gets a dean's scholarship at nyu and nothing from cls.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby anandamide » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:22 pm

I applied in December. Columbia was not a stretch school, it was like as if I had higher chances of winning the lotto than getting accepted. I tried anyway. Since then....they have lost 4-5 pieces of my paperwork over and over. I was on vacation and they lost one of my electronic attachments so I had my boyfriend email it to them and then they said they lost it again (accidentally deleted the email).
They lost a letter from the dean of my undergrad (I have a special circumstance).

I knew it wasn't very likely but now I am more annoyed. They emailed me today saying that my file will be complete by this evening. 4 months to complete.

Sorry I was just ranting. I wonder when I will get my rejection? :P

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby BenJ » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:25 pm

of Benito Cereno wrote:as far as i can tell from lsn, last year pretty much every applicant who received money from nyu and was also admitted to columbia got money from columbia. often more and always in the same ballpark. it seems pretty rare that someone gets a dean's scholarship at nyu and nothing from cls.


At least in theory, though, Columbia's aid is need-based. I'm very unlikely to qualify for need-based aid (my parents think otherwise, as their income has dropped substantially since I last applied for financial aid at college, but they still have solid incomes, and I have no student debt, so I disagree), and I'm worried that Columbia is not going to give me anything even though I almost certainly would qualify for merit aid if they just called it that.

Although I like NYU and had previously placed it above Columbia, Columbia has been winning me over of late. But I don't know if I can throw away my NYU scholarship and gamble that I'll get one from Columbia. And I really don't want to throw $500 away on enrollment fees at NYU while waiting for Columbia's aid. And I think Columbia might get annoyed by me enrolling at NYU while not withdrawing from them; they're really testy about enrollment, it seems.

If I have not received a Columbia FinAid decision by the end of March, I'm thinking I will call Columbia, tell them that I am depositing at NYU but would be lured away by a substantial scholarship offer (and not to consider my deposit at NYU a commitment not to attend Columbia), and then deposit at NYU. But I don't know how they would react, and that $500 deposit fee looks really painful :|

Now would be a good time to let me in, HYS.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby of Benito Cereno » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:31 pm

BenJ wrote:
of Benito Cereno wrote:as far as i can tell from lsn, last year pretty much every applicant who received money from nyu and was also admitted to columbia got money from columbia. often more and always in the same ballpark. it seems pretty rare that someone gets a dean's scholarship at nyu and nothing from cls.


At least in theory, though, Columbia's aid is need-based. I'm very unlikely to qualify for need-based aid (my parents think otherwise, as their income has dropped substantially since I last applied for financial aid at college, but they still have solid incomes, and I have no student debt, so I disagree), and I'm worried that Columbia is not going to give me anything even though I almost certainly would qualify for merit aid if they just called it that.

Although I like NYU and had previously placed it above Columbia, Columbia has been winning me over of late. But I don't know if I can throw away my NYU scholarship and gamble that I'll get one from Columbia. And I really don't want to throw $500 away on enrollment fees at NYU while waiting for Columbia's aid. And I think Columbia might get annoyed by me enrolling at NYU while not withdrawing from them; they're really testy about enrollment, it seems.

If I have not received a Columbia FinAid decision by the end of March, I'm thinking I will call Columbia, tell them that I am depositing at NYU but would be lured away by a substantial scholarship offer (and not to consider my deposit at NYU a commitment not to attend Columbia), and then deposit at NYU. But I don't know how they would react, and that $500 deposit fee looks really painful :|

Now would be a good time to let me in, HYS.


well yea, emailing columbia with nyu offers during march seems to be standard practice. i too wouldn't qualify at all on purely need-based grounds; however, as I said it seems pretty much everyone getting nyu awards also receives something similar from columbia so clearly cls is giving awards to people who wouldn't qualify for aid.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby BenJ » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:36 pm

of Benito Cereno wrote:
BenJ wrote:
of Benito Cereno wrote:as far as i can tell from lsn, last year pretty much every applicant who received money from nyu and was also admitted to columbia got money from columbia. often more and always in the same ballpark. it seems pretty rare that someone gets a dean's scholarship at nyu and nothing from cls.


At least in theory, though, Columbia's aid is need-based. I'm very unlikely to qualify for need-based aid (my parents think otherwise, as their income has dropped substantially since I last applied for financial aid at college, but they still have solid incomes, and I have no student debt, so I disagree), and I'm worried that Columbia is not going to give me anything even though I almost certainly would qualify for merit aid if they just called it that.

Although I like NYU and had previously placed it above Columbia, Columbia has been winning me over of late. But I don't know if I can throw away my NYU scholarship and gamble that I'll get one from Columbia. And I really don't want to throw $500 away on enrollment fees at NYU while waiting for Columbia's aid. And I think Columbia might get annoyed by me enrolling at NYU while not withdrawing from them; they're really testy about enrollment, it seems.

If I have not received a Columbia FinAid decision by the end of March, I'm thinking I will call Columbia, tell them that I am depositing at NYU but would be lured away by a substantial scholarship offer (and not to consider my deposit at NYU a commitment not to attend Columbia), and then deposit at NYU. But I don't know how they would react, and that $500 deposit fee looks really painful :|

Now would be a good time to let me in, HYS.


well yea, emailing columbia with nyu offers during march seems to be standard practice. i too wouldn't qualify at all on purely need-based grounds; however, as I said it seems pretty much everyone getting nyu awards also receives something similar from columbia so clearly cls is giving awards to people who wouldn't qualify for aid.


I figure I should send the NYU offer to Columbia soon. I assume you're doing the same. Are you sending it to FinAid, admissions, or both?

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby of Benito Cereno » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:06 pm

BenJ wrote:
of Benito Cereno wrote:
BenJ wrote:
of Benito Cereno wrote:as far as i can tell from lsn, last year pretty much every applicant who received money from nyu and was also admitted to columbia got money from columbia. often more and always in the same ballpark. it seems pretty rare that someone gets a dean's scholarship at nyu and nothing from cls.


At least in theory, though, Columbia's aid is need-based. I'm very unlikely to qualify for need-based aid (my parents think otherwise, as their income has dropped substantially since I last applied for financial aid at college, but they still have solid incomes, and I have no student debt, so I disagree), and I'm worried that Columbia is not going to give me anything even though I almost certainly would qualify for merit aid if they just called it that.

Although I like NYU and had previously placed it above Columbia, Columbia has been winning me over of late. But I don't know if I can throw away my NYU scholarship and gamble that I'll get one from Columbia. And I really don't want to throw $500 away on enrollment fees at NYU while waiting for Columbia's aid. And I think Columbia might get annoyed by me enrolling at NYU while not withdrawing from them; they're really testy about enrollment, it seems.

If I have not received a Columbia FinAid decision by the end of March, I'm thinking I will call Columbia, tell them that I am depositing at NYU but would be lured away by a substantial scholarship offer (and not to consider my deposit at NYU a commitment not to attend Columbia), and then deposit at NYU. But I don't know how they would react, and that $500 deposit fee looks really painful :|

Now would be a good time to let me in, HYS.


well yea, emailing columbia with nyu offers during march seems to be standard practice. i too wouldn't qualify at all on purely need-based grounds; however, as I said it seems pretty much everyone getting nyu awards also receives something similar from columbia so clearly cls is giving awards to people who wouldn't qualify for aid.


I figure I should send the NYU offer to Columbia soon. I assume you're doing the same. Are you sending it to FinAid, admissions, or both?

Yea, I'm going to send the nyu offer (damn pdf is password protected so I can't even copy from it, have to print it and scan it to make a new pdf). I'm not sure yet about who to email etc and what to say; I'm going to look around the site to see what people did in previous years. I'll let you know.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby skip james » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:14 pm

of Benito Cereno wrote:Yea, I'm going to send the nyu offer (damn pdf is password protected so I can't even copy from it, have to print it and scan it to make a new pdf). I'm not sure yet about who to email etc and what to say; I'm going to look around the site to see what people did in previous years. I'll let you know.


use cutepdf. it allows to you print to pdf.

http://www.cutepdf.com/

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby BenJ » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:15 pm

skip james wrote:
of Benito Cereno wrote:Yea, I'm going to send the nyu offer (damn pdf is password protected so I can't even copy from it, have to print it and scan it to make a new pdf). I'm not sure yet about who to email etc and what to say; I'm going to look around the site to see what people did in previous years. I'll let you know.


use cutepdf. it allows to you print to pdf.

http://www.cutepdf.com/


Is there a Mac version?

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby CG614 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:20 pm

BenJ wrote:
skip james wrote:
of Benito Cereno wrote:Yea, I'm going to send the nyu offer (damn pdf is password protected so I can't even copy from it, have to print it and scan it to make a new pdf). I'm not sure yet about who to email etc and what to say; I'm going to look around the site to see what people did in previous years. I'll let you know.


use cutepdf. it allows to you print to pdf.

http://www.cutepdf.com/


Is there a Mac version?


Edited to remove unfunny joke.

Who is going to the April ASW? Funny how those scholarship offers are to be responded to 3 days before it. I didn't get one, so I guess I can take more time. :|
Last edited by CG614 on Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby crackberry » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:30 pm

BenJ wrote:
skip james wrote:
of Benito Cereno wrote:Yea, I'm going to send the nyu offer (damn pdf is password protected so I can't even copy from it, have to print it and scan it to make a new pdf). I'm not sure yet about who to email etc and what to say; I'm going to look around the site to see what people did in previous years. I'll let you know.


use cutepdf. it allows to you print to pdf.

http://www.cutepdf.com/


Is there a Mac version?

You can print anything to PDF on a Mac very easily...?

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Sogui » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:35 pm

BenJ wrote:
maudlinstreet wrote:
BenJ wrote:
CanadianEH wrote:AFAIK, only the named scholly's have gone out so far. Other aid goes out begining at the end of the month - not sure how generous they are with $$ though.


Anyone know a more precise date for the aid? NYU's enrollment deadline to get aid is 4/2, which is incredibly catty of them.

judging from last year, people started getting aid in the mail on 4/3. :?

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=48833&start=475

it's at the bottom of the page


Okay, sleazy all around on NYU's part. Despite getting a fairly decent chunk of money from them, I think this actually pushed me towards Columbia. Nice job, NYU. If they'd given me more money, I would have been happy despite the manipulating, but a small scholarship and this shenanigans just make me angry.


Yea, if Columbia Finaid doesn't get back to me before NYU, I will forget about NYU. I'm not going to let this little power-play of theirs achieve its desired results. No sense in rewarding these kinds of tactics.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Sogui » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:37 pm

Also, the above posts reminded me.


Would it be smart to send NYU's Dean Scholly information to Columbia now?

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby of Benito Cereno » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:43 pm

crackberry wrote:
BenJ wrote:
skip james wrote:
of Benito Cereno wrote:Yea, I'm going to send the nyu offer (damn pdf is password protected so I can't even copy from it, have to print it and scan it to make a new pdf). I'm not sure yet about who to email etc and what to say; I'm going to look around the site to see what people did in previous years. I'll let you know.


use cutepdf. it allows to you print to pdf.

http://www.cutepdf.com/


Is there a Mac version?

You can print anything to PDF on a Mac very easily...?

yea that actually works with this file. I didn't even try it at first because I assumed it wouldn't work on thata file with password protection preventing copying etc.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby BenJ » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:44 pm

crackberry wrote:
BenJ wrote:
skip james wrote:
of Benito Cereno wrote:Yea, I'm going to send the nyu offer (damn pdf is password protected so I can't even copy from it, have to print it and scan it to make a new pdf). I'm not sure yet about who to email etc and what to say; I'm going to look around the site to see what people did in previous years. I'll let you know.


use cutepdf. it allows to you print to pdf.

http://www.cutepdf.com/


Is there a Mac version?

You can print anything to PDF on a Mac very easily...?


It won't let you print a PDF to a PDF, though. Or else I'm missing something. But Print to PDF is greyed out for the file. How did you do it, Benito?

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Jacinda » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:07 pm

AdmiralNelson wrote:Columbia's killin' me with this hold. Every day feels like a year of stress and doubt. Please, Columbia. Please. I will make you proud. Just give me a chance.


dito




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