financial aid question

  1. I've been paying for school all along with my own money, and it's hard to do that. So I know if I get into clinicals in the fall, I will need assistance. How do you figure out how much you need? For example, if you know you need $8,000 for classes, books, etc., do you calculate any extra on your own for cost of living, etc. then apply for a certain amount? Please advise. I'm so overwhelmed by the whole process.
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  3. by   colleen10
    I hate to say it but I have always ask for the maximum amt. allowable per semester.

    That way you can be sure you are covered, tuition, books, uniform, steth. etc. If you ever have excess money left over after paying all your bills you can return it.

    I found that with my first semester it still wasn't enough to cover the cost of my uniforms and books and I still paid a lot out of pocket. Don't forget to keep receipts for EVERYTHING. You can use them as a tax right off.
  4. by   TopCat1234

    the last response from anna gives you the max student loan amounts per year. perhaps it will help in making your arrangements.

  5. by   francine79
    Each college has their own "Cost of Attendance". This is the amount of money they say you need to pay for tuition, books, supplies, transportation, housing, and miscellaneous things. To find out what your school's is you need to go to financial aid. It's important to find this out, because you can not borrow nor receive grants for more than this amount.