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Woot!!

Dear Ginger,

We are pleased to inform you that you are awesome and we want to give you a thousand dollars for school, blah blah blah more words that are not as important.

Love,
The Grand Court of Amaranth in Washington
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

So. I was awarded two scholarships for the 2010-11 school year - one for $1000 and one for $1185. The way my school handles scholarships is to divide them evenly among Fall, Winter and Spring quarters - in my case, covering $728 and change per quarter.

One of those two scholarships requires as a condition of the award that I be a full-time student for all quarters in which it is used. At my school, full-time is 12 credits per quarter, only most classes are 5 credit classes - so effectively, full-time is three classes. Tuition and fees for three classes comes out to $1150. So I was looking at paying $422 plus books and supplies out of pocket, per quarter.

BUT WAIT.

WHAT IS THIS I SPY.

THIS, dear friends, is a financial aid award letter in response to the FAFSA I filed back in March!

It says that I have been awarded $720 per quarter, half in a school grant and half in a federal Perkins loan, for the 2010-11 year!

And that is just about perfect -- it's enough aid over the year to cover my out-of-pocket tuition costs for the three regular quarters, my books for all three, and probably most of the tuition for my summer quarter class (which has a totally separate financial aid process), without being a crazy amount of loans to repay - the federal loan amount is $1060 total, which I think is eminently reasonable for coming out of my first two years of college.

YAAAAAAY
ginger: (school)
For those of you who did (or will) tl;dr my previous post (understandably, it's sort of a giant brain vomit), the actual real take-away point is this:

I FOUND OUT TODAY THAT I WON THE SECOND SCHOLARSHIP I APPLIED FOR TOO.

Means I have to be full-time student next year -- 12 credits per quarter required, by the terms of this scholarship, instead of the 10/quarter I've been doing. Unfortunately, most of the classes that are options to me are 5-credit classes... this could get tricksy.
ginger: (school)
School brain-dump, feel free to ignore!

Today is 6/4.
Summer quarter starts on 6/28.
I can register for summer classes on 7/2.

My first pick for summer class has only 5 seats open still, and I've already been told that they won't allow overloads. So I'm looking for alternatives, and I have a few options.

(Holy crap. I just spent an hour and fifteen minutes on the phone. I NEVER do that. WTF. Anyway.)

My options, in mild order of preference:
Wicked Witches, Private Eyes and Femme Fatales, hybrid, 10 credits - 5 seats (sadface)
Philosophy of Religion, in person, 5 credits - 26 seats, $16 for both books
Intro to Poli Sci, online, 5 credits - 12 seats, $70
Intro to Literature, online, 5 credits - 12 seats, $50 book
Intro to Film, online, 5 credits - 9 seats, $60 book

I really wanted the first one because it meets almost all my remaining requirements that don't involve a specific number of credits. However, doing a 5-credit summer course is much much much cheaper than a 10-credit one, so there's that at least.

The big issue I'm having is that I have to have 15 credits each in areas of social science, hard science, and "visual, literary and performing arts" -- and most of the VLPA courses are so unbelievably not interesting to me. (Of course, as one might expect for a social sciences major, 90% of the classes that I WANT to take are in that area. Naturally.) The 10 credits for the Wicked Witches course would all qualify as VLPA, which was certainly another bonus in its favor. Lit and Film will also qualify as VLPA, but Film has a stupid-spendy book (mmm latest edition, feh) and I'm marginally hesitant to try to take Lit online, because I have a sneaking suspicion that it will involve lots of discussion boards, which I haaaaaaaaaaaaate. Poli Sci and Philosophy of Religion both are social sciences areas, and after the current quarter I'll have 15 credits of social sciences. But I have to have 15 more credits of electives anyway, so they'd still be useful.

Requirements: 15 credits each of social science, hard science, and VLPA, 30 credits of other electives, 10 credits of English 101/102, and a 5-credit qualitative reasoning course. After this quarter, I'll have 15 credits of social science, 6 of hard science, 15 of electives, and the QR course done. Fall is English 101 and Bio Anthro, plus OH YEAH I have to take at least 12 credits all next year instead of the 10 I've been doing because I found out today that I won the other scholarship I applied for too but one of the requirements for that one is that recipients must be full-time students.

Also note to self, I need to take my two scholarship award letters to financial aid and ask them how we need to work this out with my scholarships plus my tuition waiver. Oi. Where was I? Anyway, school. I dunno what to take this summer, but if I want any of the online classes, I need to email the instructors and get a permission letter to add the class late.

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