College Freshman 2013-12-06T18:37:42Z
I come from a family with 0 EFC where both parents do not speak English and have always worked under the table for about minimum wage, living in a low-income area, and where you are the first generation to go to college as well as the one to provide half of living expenses income as a teenager. I barely got any grants from Drexel. I got the PELL Grant, some work-study money, and a lot of federal loans to help me pay off Drexel. If you are reading this review, please keep in mind that the tuition at Drexel is about *$38,000* ish (depending on your program and etc.) for a /commuter/. Also, keep in mind that the tuition is raised by about 5% each year. You will also get less financial aid the new few years if you are going on co-op. Why? Federal grants are only given when you are in SCHOOL session and coop does not count at all.
Appealing for financial aid was a simple process in itself. You send a letter to the Drexel Central Service (aka financial aid office) explaining your situation, any financial difficulties, and etc. However, your chances of getting more financial aid is very little, even if you stand a good case like I did. You are only allowed to appeal /once a year/ for financial aid AND merit aid.
The worst part? If you try to connect with the appeals committee to ask why you were rejected or for any questions at all, you are only told generic answers that do not pertain to your case and that the committee is anonymous.
Also, I ran into a lot of trouble with verification to receive any aid. I sent all appropriate papers multiple times throughout a course of a year. I kept asking, in person/phone/AskDrexel, why I still was not approved for any financial aid distribution and was just told to send in papers and what not. It wasn't until I was placed on hold that I had to bring my sister (35 years old and practically my legal guardian) into the office to figure out why my financial aid hasn't been processed. It was not until then I was told that I needed to physically write down that my parents do not work. I was very annoyed that they did not tell me that crucial information until months later even though I had explicitly asked them what was wrong with my paperwork.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:23:09Z
Drexel gave me the most aid out of the schools I applied to, but it is very expensive and most of the aid was merit based. After the first year I didn't receive work study anymore which was frustrating.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T19:05:04Z
Since my mother primarily dealt with the financial aid, I did not see any problems with it. I do remember her saying that it is confusing at when the money becomes available and it is hard to accurately find out how much you will receive.
College Sophomore 2013-10-29T01:04:41Z
I got a very nicely sized scholarship, but the financial aid process was all done very close to the semester starting, meaning there were months in which I had no idea what my finances would look like during school.
College Senior 2013-10-03T20:13:07Z
The lady I spoke with in Financial Aid is awesome. But the whole process is completely screwed up. I need to go back and actually speak with them some more.
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