Post # 1
Hello there. I’m just curious if anyone has any stories or advice about name changing for things like financial aid and scholarships or other school related things. Is it a complete nightmare like I imagine or is it really not all that bad? Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 3
Name changing isn’t that bad (at least for me). All I have to do is go in with new ID and my student ID and change it all.
I’ve gone from recieving the maximum possible student loans to not being eligible for anything though… that hurts.
Post # 4
I got married long after I graduated from college, but looked into changing my name on my alma mater’s records and (possibly, in the future) changing my name on my diploma.
I remember I just had to go to my school’s department of records and fill out a one-page paper, along with providing a copy of my marriage license to change my name in their records (which should be passed on to scholarships, etc.).
As far as I know, from that point, if you fill out your FAFSA in the future, you’ll indicate that your name has changed as well as your maiden name to link everything together.
Post # 5
I thought about it but I would no longer qualify for schloraships, grants, etc. I have heard it is quite a hassle.
Post # 6
@mrsquigley8-17-13: I am graduating next December and we are waiting until after the new year to marry so I can qualify for my last year of financial aid and not have to worry about it..
Post # 7
I’m looking at (not engaged yet but have discussed a timeline at length) getting married between undergrad and vet school. So I’ll have graduated but I’ll technically be still in school.
I’m also from Canada, and my SO is a US citizen, so I have greed card stuff to worry about too. This might be beneficial, though, since I’ll be independent from my well-off family, and as a resident at least have some chance of qualifying for non-school scholarships.
I don’t think name change is a huge hassle, I would just do it as you turn things in/need new records, not in a huge chunk. I’m pretty sure the forms required are not extensive – sometimes a lot of forms just ask you for your old maiden name and new married name and switch it around.
Your qualification for stuff does change though.
Post # 8
@mrsquigley8-17-13: I agree with the others and want to add that hopefully at your college the name changing process is as (relatively) painless as it is at mine. At my college I just have to fill out a simple form in the registrar’s office and wait for them to process it/change my records.