I do not receive any funds from the government or university. I am a honor roll student and always have been. For some reason the scholarship listings are very limited at SIUC. They are either major specific, ethnic/racial specific, location specific, and my family income receives to much according to the financial aid specifications.
During my senior year of high school, I applied for the full-ride scholarship and the only other academic scholarship on campus. After I received my financial aid letter, I found that it was filled almost entirely with government aid and loans. I tried calling the financial aid department on several occasions, but they would not discuss the matter with me or explain why I had not received any further aid. My parents tried to intervene on my behalf and the department would not discuss it with them either. In the end, a highly esteemed professor within my department went to the head of financial aid to get some answers and later told me that the department waited to put my academic and financial information into the computer until the deadline had already passed, even though they had had it in their possession for over a month. I also found out that they had lost my application for the scholarships, but agreed to give me the smaller scholarship which would only cover part of the cost and last for two years.
I am now entering my third year at the university and have contacted the financial aid department about providing more aid since the scholarship ran out. There aren't any university funded academic scholarships for continuing students with a high GPA and even though I have a 4.0, I can't get the aid to stay in school. The department continues to offer me a high amount of loans for which I am eligible, but I do not want to come away from school with an overwhelming amount of debt.
My advice is that anyone applying for aid at this school should continually keep tabs on the department. Contact them constantly and make them work for you.
Financial aid was an absolute breeze.
WITHOUT FINANCIAL AID I DO NOT KNOW HOW I WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD SCHOOL. BUT OF COURSE GOING TO COLLEGE IS VERY EXPENSIVE . EXPENSIVE ENOUGH FOR THE FINANCIAL AID NOT TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR ALL THE COST.
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