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What Happens After Being Admitted? [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2011, 16:33
Hello All,

Long time lurker, first-time poster. I was wondering what happens after an applicant is offered admission and decides to accept. I know that official transcripts have to be submitted and that there are admit weekends but what about other things? Also, how do the financial aid apps work?

I would like to leave my job and travel for awhile before school starts in Sept. I am still waiting upon acceptances however either way I would like to start travelling as soon as possible.

Is this advisable or should I wait 2 months to get my paperwork in order?

I'm from Canada so I'd need a visa. Also, it's very cold now here so I'd like to leave sooner than later.

Looking forward to your responses.
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Re: What Happens After Being Admitted? [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2011, 19:43
Pretty much any school that you get accepted and decides to enroll in will have some sort of a "checklist" for you. That could include official GMAT score, your official transcrips from college, background check, a picture of yourself, etc. I'd check with the school that you're enrolling with to see what's required of you, but there's really not much but following some information they give you. In terms of financial aid, I know students based in the states will file for FAFSA and transmit the FAFSA over to the specific school if the students opt for federal loans. But even that, it's following information, such as filing taxes --> filing FAFSA --> filing school's own financial aid if any. Again, this is something that you can most definitely call and ask about directly.
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Re: What Happens After Being Admitted? [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2011, 05:03
Well, if your school is anything like Booth then you won't be able to do anything before April / May. The school will need to confirm its tuition costs for 2011-12 before you can apply for Financial Aid (if you intend to take it) or issue your I-20 (the first step on your road to a visa). Apparently, once the process gets started it will only take a month or two so there will be plenty of time for travel afterwards. You should also plan some time to pack up your life in Canada (it will take longer than you think) so that you're ready to move in August.

A couple of things to remember:

1) You can't enter the US on your student visa until 30 days before the start of the course / enrolment (probably 2nd week of August). You should be OK to enter on the visa waiver programme with a bit of explaining (just make sure they don't stamp your student visa paperwork) but you'll need to leave and re-enter the US before your course starts (or request a reclassification of visa status).

2) Student visas are 'non-immigrant visas', so when you go for your visa interview remember that you have no intention of remaining in the US after your MBA has finished.
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