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Old 07-31-2015, 07:23 AM
 
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Background: New York, Hunter College, Undergraduate Freshman
Double Majoring: B.S. Nursing/ B.S. Computer Science


Before I begin, I would just like to add that I have searched for previous posts pertaining to double majors and financial aid. The results were the perpetuating expression that financial aid ends once you have completed all your requirements for your bachelors degree.

HOWEVER, I have stumbled upon an article which introduces a possible approach towards Double Majors and Financial Aid from fastweb:

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The safest approach is for students who are double-majoring to avoid completing the last requirement for either major until their last semester of enrollment. That way the students can continue receiving financial aid until they are ready to graduate with both degrees simultaneously
Central Question(s):
1)Is it definite that individuals who double major will not receive financial aid, at least for their second degree?
2) Has anyone tried the said method above?
3)If I "avoid completing the last requirement for either major until the final semester of enrollment", then wouldn't I have lost eligibility for Financial Aid the moment I crossed over the 120-credits/4 year completion.


My college charges students per credit, however 12 credits and beyond are the same flat rate. So it would make sense to take advantage of this.
I have attempted inquiry through various means. Emailing/Calling were to of no avail, as they only left me with directions to the FAFSA website or answers similar to ones I have already seen.

Please disregard any unprofessional attribute of my inquiry, I'm very well new to posting in forums and also desperate. For those who gave positive feedback and answers, Thank you for taking your time in reading and responding. Any support/contribution is highly appreciated.

Sources:
[url=http://www.fastweb.com/financial-aid/articles/will-financial-aid-cover-a-double-major]Will Financial Aid Cover a Double Major? - Fastweb[/url]
[url]http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/onestop/repository/files/finances/Tuition%20Charge%20table%20FY13-14.pdf[/url]

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Old 07-31-2015, 10:20 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Liannon View Post
Background: New York, Hunter College, Undergraduate Freshman
Double Majoring: B.S. Nursing/ B.S. Computer Science


Before I begin, I would just like to add that I have searched for previous posts pertaining to double majors and financial aid. The results were the perpetuating expression that financial aid ends once you have completed all your requirements for your bachelors degree.

HOWEVER, I have stumbled upon an article which introduces a possible approach towards Double Majors and Financial Aid from fastweb:



Central Question(s):
1)Is it definite that individuals who double major will not receive financial aid, at least for their second degree?
2) Has anyone tried the said method above?
3)If I "avoid completing the last requirement for either major until the final semester of enrollment", then wouldn't I have lost eligibility for Financial Aid the moment I crossed over the 120-credits/4 year completion.


My college charges students per credit, however 12 credits and beyond are the same flat rate. So it would make sense to take advantage of this.
I have attempted inquiry through various means. Emailing/Calling were to of no avail, as they only left me with directions to the FAFSA website or answers similar to ones I have already seen.

Please disregard any unprofessional attribute of my inquiry, I'm very well new to posting in forums and also desperate. For those who gave positive feedback and answers, Thank you for taking your time in reading and responding. Any support/contribution is highly appreciated.

Sources:
Will Financial Aid Cover a Double Major? - Fastweb
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/onestop/r...%20FY13-14.pdf
So this is true to a point

You need to understand "the system" and how it can provide/help YOU.

So FAFSA is a great design in that helps pretty much ANYONE in help in obtaining their FIRST degree, so that everyone can be helped/funded an education by the U.S. government. This is a great program in itself and also helpful for anyone who wants a degree for education, job, etc purposes.

Basically if your school allows for a "double" major WITHIN your graduation date, as in the time you "officially" receive your diploma, then yes you will be eligible to receive FA(Financial Aid).

However, if you have to get one degree first and then "stay in the school system" and get THE SECOND degree then I do not believe you will be eligible.

I double majored, but they both fit within the requirements of my degree plan, and got full FA the whole time.

Just remember you can only do it one time and to do it right.

There is a "life time" limit for aid too btw, but it's something like 18 semesters or something like that
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Old 07-31-2015, 08:38 PM
 
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First off I would just like to thank you for your response, your feedback means a lot to me.

So there are a couple of interesting points you made.
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1) Basically if your school allows for a "double" major WITHIN your graduation date, as in the time you "officially" receive your diploma, then yes you will be eligible to receive FA(Financial Aid).

2) However, if you have to get one degree first and then "stay in the school system" and get THE SECOND degree then I do not believe you will be eligible.


3) There is a "life time" limit for aid too btw, but it's something like 18 semesters or something like that
1) By "graduation date", I'm assuming that's the time when you completed 120 credits wherein consists the required coursework for your major as well as additional required core classes.

a)If that is the case, then how would you complete the coursework for both majors when one major + additional required core classes already add up to approximately 120 credits in the typical four-year period?

You claimed that you managed to pull off a double-major within your degree plan, I would just like to ask:

b)How did you specifically pull it off?

c)Which majors did you choose and how many years until you completed the coursework for both majors?

2) The consecutive completion is exactly what I'm trying to avoid.

3) Never knew that.

Thank you again for your input.
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Old 07-31-2015, 09:12 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Liannon View Post
First off I would just like to thank you for your response, your feedback means a lot to me.

So there are a couple of interesting points you made.


1) By "graduation date", I'm assuming that's the time when you completed 120 credits wherein consists the required coursework for your major as well as additional required core classes.

a)If that is the case, then how would you complete the coursework for both majors when one major + additional required core classes already add up to approximately 120 credits in the typical four-year period?

You claimed that you managed to pull off a double-major within your degree plan, I would just like to ask:

b)How did you specifically pull it off?

c)Which majors did you choose and how many years until you completed the coursework for both majors?

2) The consecutive completion is exactly what I'm trying to avoid.

3) Never knew that.

Thank you again for your input.
1. So every degree plan has a different number of hours needed to satisfy the degree... anywhere from 120- 143 hours(i've seen them) so it depends on what school and what that degree plan requires in terms of hours/courses

A. So my school actually allowed for me to double major because multiple classes/courses overlapped. For instance, many of my Econ/Finance classes overlapped, especially the early ones and the humanity(general study BS) courses

B & C. A pretty much answers it. All the math, pre requisites, sciences, general studies/humanities overlapped. i only needed like 40 something "upper level" classes to satisfy my "Econ degree" and then I needed like 6 classes(~18 hours) for Finance... so they pretty much overlapped. Furthermore, my big end purpose was to receive my MSA/CPA license so those classes overlapped EASILY with my Bachelor's. So it only took me like 2-3 years(can't remember) of upper coursework. I did the first 2 at a community college(highly recommend it).

Lastly, all universities are different. I will admit I went to a top ranked private that was also a "target" university(specifically for business) so a lot of degrees and coursework were made for double majoring, but all schools are different.

* Remember lastly that you can't "officially" graduate until you "APPLY for Graduation" at your specific school. But once it's official and you're all done, it's DONE... OFFICIAL... you're alumni of that school and stuck with that Bachelors and that school degree/pedigree.
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