IN AT COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL!!!!!!

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Postby jasonportwood » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:39 pm

georgina wrote:irie wrote:
just wondering if anyone has heard back about need-based finaid packages? I submitted everything before the March 1st deadline and from these forums it sounds like we could be hearing back as early as mid-March.

was anyone else a gunner at finaid forms like me? hehe... i just really need the money


i also submitted by the deadline and have not yet heard back.



at the ASDs the Financial Aid Director said that currently they are reviewing files for completeness and contacting applicants whose financial aid files are not complete, and that award decisions would begin in late March or early April. I e-mailed them this weekend, as I know others have, asking for an award notification by the end of this month to consider before other scholarship deadlines. Here's hoping they care...

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Postby CanadianEH » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:06 pm

Do they notify via snail mail for financial aid?

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Postby BenJ » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:34 pm

georgina wrote:
irie wrote:just wondering if anyone has heard back about need-based finaid packages? I submitted everything before the March 1st deadline and from these forums it sounds like we could be hearing back as early as mid-March.

was anyone else a gunner at finaid forms like me? hehe... i just really need the money :P


i also submitted by the deadline and have not yet heard back.


Overnight mailed everything in to get it there by the deadline after getting the financial aid questionnaire in the mail on the last possible day to submit it in time and haven't heard back. I emailed them a few days ago with my NYU offer and asking if they could give an estimate for when the financial aid offer would be available, but they haven't so much as acknowledged my email.

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Postby glowhard » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:00 pm

I just realized I didn't fill out that Financial Aid Questionnaire (yeah, I'm an idiot). but the only one i can find online is for the 2009-2010 school year. I emailed Columbia to ask about it like a week ago, but they haven't gotten back. Anyone find the real form online?

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Postby nateDgr8 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:40 pm

glowhard wrote:I just realized I didn't fill out that Financial Aid Questionnaire (yeah, I'm an idiot). but the only one i can find online is for the 2009-2010 school year. I emailed Columbia to ask about it like a week ago, but they haven't gotten back. Anyone find the real form online?


http://www.law.columbia.edu/null?&exclu ... e-2010.pdf

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Postby maudlinstreet » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:44 pm

irie wrote:just wondering if anyone has heard back about need-based finaid packages? I submitted everything before the March 1st deadline and from these forums it sounds like we could be hearing back as early as mid-March.

was anyone else a gunner at finaid forms like me? hehe... i just really need the money :P

judging from last year's thread, I don't think we'll hear back until very late march / early april at the earliest. I hope I'm wrong though! :)

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Postby holborn » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:37 pm

So I've sent all my finaid forms in, however I was wondering when the best time is to let columbia know about my other offers. Now, before they make a decision, or later and try to negotiate? And how would one go about wording that email? thanks!

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Postby Dignan » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:50 pm

julesm2200 wrote:So I've sent all my finaid forms in, however I was wondering when the best time is to let columbia know about my other offers. Now, before they make a decision, or later and try to negotiate? And how would one go about wording that email? thanks!

It's tricky. If you let them know now, then you have nothing to negotiate with after they make their initial offer. But if you don't let them know now, the initial offer might be lower. I'm not sure what the right approach is.

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Postby holborn » Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:19 pm

Dignan wrote:
julesm2200 wrote:So I've sent all my finaid forms in, however I was wondering when the best time is to let columbia know about my other offers. Now, before they make a decision, or later and try to negotiate? And how would one go about wording that email? thanks!

It's tricky. If you let them know now, then you have nothing to negotiate with after they make their initial offer. But if you don't let them know now, the initial offer might be lower. I'm not sure what the right approach is.


anyone else have a guess? or, better yet, experience in this area?

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Postby jasonportwood » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:52 pm

for all those who care and for whom this may be relevant:

after writing an email to the financial aid office over the weekend requesting an award letter by end of march because of 3 upcoming scholarship deadlines, I got a nice response today basically saying we understand the pressure, they are doing their best but can't guarantee a decision by any particular date. they suggested i request an extension from the schools in question if necessary...

they also said "if there is information you wish us to consider" regarding other offers, i should send in copies of the other offers; i probably should have taken the advice posted on here to just send in PDF's initially. the good news is that it sounds like they will take those offers into consideration while making their initial award.

looks like it's going to be a lot of back and forth negotiating/extension requesting/last minute decision-making come that first week of april for me...

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Postby irie » Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:43 am

I got an email from CLS Financial Aid requesting my 2009 w2 forms yesterday. All of my materials were sent in by 3rd week of Feb, so it looks like they are making their way through the need-based apps.

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Postby protokurios » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:44 pm

I would love to get my fin aid package before the April ASP.

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Postby swc65 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:53 pm

protokurios wrote:I would love to get my fin aid package before the April ASP.



Me TOO!! I doubt it will happen for me though since I was ED. It makes sense for them to complete RD apps first so Rds can make their decisions.

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Postby Dtackpat75 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:31 am

I'd love to get mine before NYU's April 2nd deadline for scholarships. What a cluster...

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Postby groundkontrol » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:52 pm

has anyone submitted their housing application yet?

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Postby BenJ » Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:09 pm

I got a call from a Columbia student asking me if I had any questions while at the NYU ASW. Did this happen to anyone else?

Also, hoping that I hear about financial aid before NYU's April 2 deadline but skeptical. At this point I think I'm turning down Columbia regardless, but they could wow me with their offer.

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Postby popopcorn » Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:34 am

anybody has any idea or tips about our housing options?

any gal looking for a potential roommate to share apartment with?

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Postby Dtackpat75 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:38 am

Think financial aid decisions will go out either tomrrow or Saturday?

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Postby Amelie » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:09 pm

Dtackpat75 wrote:Think financial aid decisions will go out either tomrrow or Saturday?


I talked to a woman at the finaid office today who said they just sent out their first batch. But it seems that they lost my financial aid questionnaire because I received an email saying that it's missing. I faxed a new one right away, but now I'm worried it will be forever before I hear anything.

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Postby Dignan » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:31 pm

Amelie wrote:
Dtackpat75 wrote:Think financial aid decisions will go out either tomrrow or Saturday?


I talked to a woman at the finaid office today who said they just sent out their first batch. But it seems that they lost my financial aid questionnaire because I received an email saying that it's missing. I faxed a new one right away, but now I'm worried it will be forever before I hear anything.

Thanks for sharing what you learned from the financial aid office. Starting tomorrow, I will be nervously (and hopefully) checking my mailbox for an envelope from Columbia.

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Postby blue5385 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:39 pm

This may seem like a dumb question on the surface, but do they ever award scholarships to people who didn't fill out the forms (other than a H or B)? Chicago just sent me a letter offering me some $ (nothing earth-shattering but definitely nothing to scoff at either) and I didn't fill out Need Access or any other financial aid apps with them or with any other school since my parents' income automatically disqualifies me. Also, I wonder if CLS would entertain the idea of matching Chicago's offer or if it would be a bad idea to bring this up. I really want to go to CLS and I thought I had made up my mind, but the fact that it would now be twice as expensive for me to go to CLS rather than Chicago is making me reconsider.

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Postby blue5385 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:44 pm

groundkontrol wrote:has anyone submitted their housing application yet?


I have, but I haven't gotten a confirmation email. Is this normal, or have other people gotten them?

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Postby Dignan » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:44 pm

blue5385 wrote:This may seem like a dumb question on the surface, but do they ever award scholarships to people who didn't fill out the forms (other than a H or B)?

Based on what I've read, CLS will not award aid (besides Hamiltons and Butlers) until the admitted student has submitted the required paperwork. Not all schools are like this, but CLS is apparently a stickler for completed forms and need access applications.

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Postby blue5385 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:47 pm

Dignan wrote:
blue5385 wrote:This may seem like a dumb question on the surface, but do they ever award scholarships to people who didn't fill out the forms (other than a H or B)?

Based on what I've read, CLS will not award aid (besides Hamiltons and Butlers) until the admitted student has submitted the required paperwork. Not all schools are like this, but CLS is apparently a stickler for completed forms and need access applications.


That makes sense. So is all their non H/B-aid strictly need based? It seems like it based on their insistence that students submit all their parents' information to the financial aid office, but I wasn't sure.

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Postby s419 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:47 pm

blue5385 wrote:This may seem like a dumb question on the surface, but do they ever award scholarships to people who didn't fill out the forms (other than a H or B)? Chicago just sent me a letter offering me some $ (nothing earth-shattering but definitely nothing to scoff at either) and I didn't fill out Need Access or any other financial aid apps with them or with any other school since my parents' income automatically disqualifies me. Also, I wonder if CLS would entertain the idea of matching Chicago's offer or if it would be a bad idea to bring this up. I really want to go to CLS and I thought I had made up my mind, but the fact that it would now be twice as expensive for me to go to CLS rather than Chicago is making me reconsider.


The language on the website seems to be pretty clear that you must submit Need Access, FAFSA and their own questionnaire to be considered for institutional grants.

Also, do we definitely know they send financial aid awards by mail? Or could we hope for emails?




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