Make it Make Cent$: Need-based aid

Recorded Friday, April 2 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Paying for college is no joke, and the lengthy processes and jargon involved in financial aid can make it seem almost impossible. But don't fear — Elias is here! In our first episode of Make it Make Cent$, Elias will be discussing the ins and outs of need-based aid, including the application process, FAFSA, CSS, IDOC, and more!

Come ready to take notes and learn more about navigating need-based aid so that you can get the financial assistance you need succeed.

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
5:55@mimi:Yes. I can see you and hear you, and see the event prompt.
17:06@sidney:Should I apply for NYU if I need a lot of aid?
36:54@sidney:What about UCs?
39:24@anonymous:could we see the recording of this episode anywhere?
41:33@sidney:What about UMichigan?
41:47@mimi:Should I take subsidized student loans $5000?
45:15@mimi:$5000 is the yearly upper limit.
49:58@sidney:What about Penn? lol
49:59@anonymous:could you speak a bit specifically on MIT financial aid?
51:39@mimi:Could you share the screen so that we can see what you did?
51:59@mimi:Which one is better: MIT or Stanford or Harvard? quality, cost-wise and ROI for CS.
56:12@sidney:Should I apply for merit scholarships or financial aid?
61:17@anonymous:thank you! have a great day


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