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  •  how much do you pay for rent? (1+ / 0-)
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    I still don't understand how you can make it on let's say $10,000.00 a year (assuming you have two grants) pay for tuition and rent and food on $850.00 a month? I understand that you are very happy with the increases in the financial aid you receive, but I can't believe in the numbers quite yet and don't understand that you don't have to work anymore. What is your monthly budget? Is really all of it covered by your financial al aid? Do you mind to give a more detailed accounting of your living and study expenses vs the income you have?

    •  well (5+ / 0-)

      my fiancee has her job, she gets about 750.00 dollars every two weeks. Our rent is 425 a month, total utilities about 300 dollars a month. We have a cheap truck with liability insurance so thats 40 dollars a month. School plus tuition plus books plus supplies usually totals out to about 3000.00 dollars every three months. My total finaid check for this term is 5450.00, so by my calculations we should have. Food and other expenses about 200.00 per month. So if I am calculating this right

      our total income over 3 months should be about 7700 dollars minus total expenses over 3 months (tuition, books, rent, utilities, food, gas, insurance, school supplies) is 6500. That leaves 1200 over 3 months which amounts to 400 dollars a month extra.

      It used to be much tighter, for a whole year our expenses were bigger than our income :/

      You're watching Fox News. OH MY GOD--LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU

      by rexymeteorite on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 06:40:18 PM PDT

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      •  very good, if I understand you correctly (1+ / 0-)
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        cotterperson

        unless you  have a working fiancee and share the rent (which is very low, btw) with her, expenses wouldn't be covered, right? Tuition costs are i the range of a community college, right? How about a four-year college, usually that's about 4,000.00 - 7,000.00 a four month term, or not?

        I really am glad your financial aid got doubled. Also, I wonder, do you have savings to pay for your tuition in advance? Or does the check for financial aid come "on time"?

        I want you to have hope. As a single parent, with a single student who would not find a hole in a basement for $ 400.00, I do not see how a student ever could study full time and not working at least part time to make it on its own. You either live for free at your parents (if they let you and can take you in) or you live with a working, income generating partner together.

        But I am sure you'll make it, your writing skills are excellent and I hope you will find lots of more financial aid and subsidized housing .. :-) Good luck!

        •  she gets just enough (2+ / 0-)
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          mimi, cotterperson

          financial aid to cover her tuition. I am going to cover her books and supplies this year.

          You're watching Fox News. OH MY GOD--LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU

          by rexymeteorite on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 09:47:30 AM PDT

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          •  oh, that's just uplifting to read (0+ / 0-)

            at least you love each other and help each other out. That's the way it should be. Good luck to both of you. I am sure you will make it.

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