def2104 wrote:starstruck393 wrote:def2104 wrote:Also, quick question about the being excluded from need based aid...what if you are a very high need candidate and you get a scholarship from michigan? Is it possible you would get more need based aid if you declined the merit one?
Maybe if it's only a small scholarship (< $45k?). Is there anyone with, say, a $30k scholarship that could share their scholarship's stipulations to see? But even then, the grant probably wouldn't be very much more.
I guess I'm confused as to what a very high need candidate is. I can understand with college, where it's so much more common for parents to pay, that taking out large loans could be a problem (it's a big burden on low income parents). But with law school, it seems like for the vast majority of those who take out loans, it's the students who take them out. You'd be able to take out the entire tuition + COL for three years through the financial aid loan options, so I guess I'm not sure how some people can be very high need, while the majority isn't. If such a large percentage of students take out massive loans, it seems like they're all very high need, or none of them are...
Yeah I understand what you mean...for me I have family obligations in that I have been helping to support my family since highschool. This will be the first time I can't really work or help them out and if I can it won't be enough to send money to them. In UG I worked full-time, or just under for most of my time there.
That's understandable. I was just curious. Like I said, I knew the group from UG, where debt can be killer. Even engineering and science grads will only start out around $50-$60k, which makes paying down massive debt very hard. But in law school, where most students seem to be on their own, and many of us really don't have any money, it seems like we're all that high need type.
I'd definitely talk to the schools, and explain your situation. You may want to consider, as well, a PT program. I know a few people that work ~full time during the day, and take night classes. It's not an easy life, and it takes longer, but it may suit your needs. Good luck getting whatever you choose to work out.