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  1. I thought I would comment on this since I keep bumping into this thread. Just to clarify, yes, your FAFSA is based on last year's tax return. However, the marital status is 100% your status as of the day you file the FAFSA. If you file while married, but use a tax return from when you were single, you will still need to put your tax information along with your spouse's. Your spouse's income will contribute to your family adjusted gross income. On the other hand, if you complete and submit the FAFSA the day before you get married, you are single for that year. My advice to anyone who
  2. No more applications/waiting/deciding for the next 2+ years!

  3. Out of those who are going, how are you paying for it? Does anyone know more detailed about what the estimated cost was based on? It seems a bit too high to just be the cost of tuition/books, but way too low to include living expenses based on the tuition schedule and estimated student budget.
  4. Thoughts? --Paying for an unfunded offer vs. Reapplying next year

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    2. cafeaulaitgirl


      I'd reapply next year

    3. snes


      I was one of the reapplyers, now with good, well-funded results...so I'd say reapply.

    4. cokohlik


      I'd say reapply, too! :)

  5. How is this decision going? I am in a similar position. I was admitted off the waitlist to my second choice program without funding. It is pretty common for people to have to pay for the first year at this school, but I am not sure if I want to. This is the only acceptance, so my choice is between paying or reapplying next year and hoping funding comes through (along with acceptances, of course).
  6. I speculate that the poster is in a worse position than he/she would have been if everything was provided up front: that the chances of acceptance in the first place is greater than the chance of there being no consequences to this. Bottom line is that this course of action is not recommended to anyone considering the same actions. To anyone reading this in the future, always be as honest as possible in the application process. If there is a concern from your past, then take the time to explain it in the application. However, this is the position that the poster is in already. I don't t
  7. I would not simply turn it down, but definitely disclose this to them before starting. They may react strongly the way most people here have and they may see it the way I do which is in the grey area. Either way, it's better to know that reaction now than to risk them finding out and feeling really tricked. Depending on the unknown details of your situation, I think the severity of your situation may vary. I, for one, did not send transcripts that did not directly contribute to an earned degree. Looking back on it, it would have only helped my application, but it didn't even occur to me
  8. I feel you. I have been in a similar situation and have, at times, felt at the bottom of despair. Don't give up. I try to think of historical figures or personal heroes whose trademark was persistence even in the face of adversity. I know that when looking at abstract stories of others can be a bit difficult since we are faced with superficial values all around us. The thing that has made it so much harder for me is that I define my self worth through accomplishments. I have been working on redefining myself to something more healthy for years, but it is a daily struggle. I had no ide
  9. I was hesitant about applying to one program because it was so lowly ranked even though it was such a fitting program. I don't normally pay attention to rankings, but comparing my profile with the profiles of the typical students there was like playing a game of which one doesn't belong. I went ahead with the application focusing on the great fit and other good qualities of the program, thinking I was just being superficial and I would get over it. Besides, I felt lucky to have such an appropriate program to apply to that was a total shoe-in. The day after my first rejection, I got ano
  10. This topic came at the right moment for me. After hearing nothing for months, the silence was broken with two surprise rejections from the two program that I thought I had the best chances at acceptance. I have another implied rejection, one psuedo-waitlist that is not looking good, and the other is really competitive and does not provide anyone funding. After these rejections, realizing that my chances are whittling down, I straight-up broke down. I quit my horrible-for-my-mental-health job while applying to graduate school hoping for a brighter future, leaving me with what feels like no
  11. I did apply to graduate school, didn't I? Did I just dream that?
  12. Congratulations, MonkeyPants! (Btw, I so love your name.)
  13. Congratulations! I would definitely try to clear it up. If there is a chance that they calculate GPAs in a way that would significantly lower yours, find out how they calculated it and double check it yourself. I had to calculate my GPA according to different schools' standards and it different ~.15 as a range. If there is no chance that the disparity is from a slight calculation difference, make sure they have the right transcript. I saw on this forum someone who had posted maybe a year ago about a school saying his/her GPA was an entire point below what it was. It turned out they mix
  14. I'm really sorry. Not only is it terrible that they withdrew an offer, but also that they can't offer you admission because you don't have enough undergraduate coursework when you have a masters degree! That seems like a really unreasonable policy given that many people change their field between undergraduate and graduate school, and that is partially what a masters is for. If it is true that the policy is in place because Canadian Ph.D. programs don't include as much coursework, then your masters degree should more than compensate. I agree with nullsymbol and cyberwolf, definitely push
  15. The wait. The worst thing about emailing them. It turns the rate of checking emails from the usually rate of 1/10min to 1/1min. I have called one program 4 times. Now that it is crystal clear that I am rejected, I want to call them more to give them an incentive not just to ignore the rejects, (The sooner they tell us, the sooner we stop harassing them.) but haven't received any notification from anywhere yet. Since I don't want the first notification to be a rejection from a school I already knew I was rejected from, I'll sit tight for the time being.
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