The financial downturns have started taking a toll on my MBA plans too. Schools have started dropping the no-cosigner loan option for the international students.
Darden used to offer loans upto cost of attendance till last season. I had confirmed this from the school-website as well as current students. So Darden was on my list, till I saw a post by Darden Adcom here. In a state of panic, I visited the school website.. Unable to find any info, I wrote to the finaid office yesterday.
With in 24 hours ( I appreciate that!!), I got a reply from them::
The Darden School does not currently have a contract with a bank to provide international no-cosigner loans. Because of the crisis in financial markets now, schools will need to renegotiate such non-cosigned lending programs for international students. The earliest any banks are willing to have this conversation is December. We will keep our website up to date with developments. We certainly regret any difficulties this delay in information may create.
Summary:: Darden out of my list; at least, till further updates!
Lesson learnt:: Check out the other schools too!! Before it’s too late.. (For Darden, I had just started the first drafts.)
1) Tuck essays geting final shape; Should be manageable to meet the EA deadline.
2) Kelley may figure in my R1 list.. Met their people at Delhi BA fair, sounded impressive. (Though I need to fig in more before I decide)
But they need TOEFL.. Not sure whether I’ll be able to fit in that before their R1 deadline on Nov15.