Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Show Me the Money

I suppose I didn't expect the FAFSA form to tell me that our family was eligible for financial aid. We're not wealthy, but we make ends meet most months. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Still, it amuses me to find out what "they" think our family can pay out of pocket for our first college student. It doesn't (or at least the estimate form, I can't fill out the real form until January, I think) ask any pertinent questions like:

  • How much do you spend in horse feed each month?
  • What were your library fines in June?
  • HOW OLD is your van?? (Are you nuts?)
  • How many sizes of gym shoes did your son go through last year?
And then, they could provide some cost savings ideas:
  • Would it be possible for you to live in your car while financing your daughter's education?
  • Have you applied to third shift Walmart yet?
  • Could you sell your dishwasher and wash your dishes in the creek?
  • What is the average temperature in your house? Please lower it 15 degrees in the winter to save on heating bills.
I have learned also that it is to our advantage to not own anything but our house, our cars, our retirement accounts. Our daughter must not own anything. Were I to get a job, after I pay taxes, the amount I earned would go against us and the little bit of loans we qualify for would disappear. So, I will look for little scholarships here and hope that Lauren's piano talent will be recognized.

The silkie chickie is a rooster, as he attacks when you try to pick him up. Once he gets over the initial shock of one's hand, however, he will perch on you like a parrot.

Renee asked me via Facebook how I get our hens to sit on eggs. Well, Renee, they are bantams, and bantams like to sit on eggs. In fact, it can be a problem. We have one hen right now sitting on four dud eggs, and she has for some time. I feed her where she sits, but she waits in vain.

I showed up for a 10 o'clock class yesterday at 10:30, thinking I was on time. The 10:30 class is on Thursday, not Tuesday. I'm losing it!


Cloudia said...

That girl deserves a music scholarship.

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debra said...

Isn't FAFSA a trip. So much time...
One of our hens, Little Chicken, is a bantam. She goes through phases where she sits and sits and sits. And we don't have any roosters


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