Category Archives: Finances

Oh hey … THAT’S ME !!

The Skidmore Annual Fund recently interviewed me and made a really cool video of me sharing my experience as a Skidmore student. I also explain and emphasize how important Financial Aid has been throughout my experience. I mean, none of this would have been possible without the financial aid I received.  Hopefully my story will motivate alumni to donate so as to give other students the same opportunity I was given.

Click “Read Full Story” to … well, read the full story.

http://cms.skidmore.edu/supportyourpassion/#providingopportunity

 

httpv://youtu.be/sqhKFR11zw8

 

 

A Post Thanksgiving Post

Thanksgiving, a day dedicated entirely to giving thanks to all things we appreciate in this world, of course not assuming we don’t give thanks every day of the year; For eating unbelievable amounts of food, observing semi awkward encounters between family members who have not spoken since, well last Thanksgiving; For the exciting feeling you get at the sound of tin foil wrapping the left overs you are sure to eat for the next three days, MmMmMm turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches; and lets not forget, for the countdown to the dangerous but oh so worth it Black Friday sales.

Okay, so maybe I am a little late on talking about the giving thanks, food, business but whether or not I hit the nail on describing your family’s thanksgiving I do hope it was a splendid holiday. I love left overs so if you’d like to overnight a dish, send it to me at my Skidmore address, please and thank you!

And in the spirit of giving thanks I will list the things about Skidmore I am thankful for not in any particular order.

1. I love who I have become in the last few years and I am thankful for the friends who have helped me get here

2. Professors who let me sit in their office for hours until I ‘get it’

3. Courses that hit me upside the head and open my eyes to things I have never taken notice of before

4. Great om nom noms at the Dining Hall. What would life be like without Chicken Finger Friday, hmmm maybe a few pounds lighter

5. The opportunity to take whatever class I want

6. The pretty landscape

7. Window seats in every dormitory of which my best friend insisted on sleeping in when she visited

8. Not having to share  a bathroom with an entire floor when I lived in the dorms

9. Northwoods (junior/ senior houses located on campus). I love my beautiful apartment

10. The Spa (fast food eatery located in the student center), being open always right when I need it, for my 1am munchies

11. Financial Aid. Need I say more?

12. Summer Housing. Who doesn’t want to stick around for the summer and lose a few bucks at the race track

13. Alumni Network. Someone’s going to hire me

14. Student Employment. There was always the option of not being broke

15. The sports center. I’m still trying to work off that freshman fifteen. Its been three years

16. For Australia

17. For covered walkways and buildings that are connected

18. For never being bored because there is so much to do

19. Being located in the beautiful Saratoga Springs

20. For not being a cookie cutter campus

I can go on for a long time but talking about left overs earlier has me wanting some right now. I’m thinking I should head towards the fridge now. But I will end by saying, most of all, I am thankful for Skidmore giving me an experience of which I will forever look back on and think, college was amazing…. can I do it again ?! ….. no but really, how do I do it all again?!!

$$ How much are we talking here? $$

Expensive.

Skidmore College is expensive. Then again the cost of just about any private college education is expensive but what you get in return is worth the investment and we are talking big time investments here. Paying for college is investing in your education and future.

The cost per year to attend Skidmore is $56, 400. This sum includes estimates for books, personal expenses, and travel. I am guessing your jaw just dropped because even I know that is a whole lot of money. Let’s be serious here not many can actually just sign a check every year as if it were no big deal; Skidmore understands this. One of the things that is great about Skidmore is how amazing they are with financial assistance. There is no way I would have been able to attend Skidmroe if it were not for the financial help I have received. More than half of the student body receives some form of financial assistance. Skidmore College offers aid packages anywhere from $2,000 to a full packaged deal of $56,000. These packages are need based, in other words each student’s financial situation is reviewed. Based on their individual situation a package is created.

Skidmore College offers two merit- based scholarships (none for the athletics). The Porter Presidential Scholarships in Science and Mathematics ($15,000/yr) are awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in science and/or math. The Filene Music Scholarships ($12,000/yr) are awarded who demonstrate outstanding musical talent. To be considered for these scholarships is as easy as checking a box when applying.

Everyone is encouraged to apply for financial aid. Skidmore also offers a number of loan and payment options. Something that I personally find very helpful is having a job. There are so many employment opportunities on campus there is no excuse not to have a job. You can work anywhere from the dining hall to admissions, you can even work for a department or any office on campus. Students who qualify for work study are required to work in the dining hall their first year. After the first year they may work wherever they’d like. Having the extra cash is so worth the 2-9 hour work week. Working on campus can also be a lot of fun. It is an additional way to meet people and you also get the opportunity to learn more about the faculty and staff members on campus. There are also great employment opportunities in town.

If it were not for the package Skidmore offered I really do not know what I would have done. And I would like to add everyone at the Financial Aid office is great. The staff is so friendly and extremely helpful. Every year I feel like I aske the same questions and somehow they all keep their patience.

Here is the link to the FA office.   http://cms.skidmore.edu/financialaid/

Hope that helps !