I've recently been admitted to UW and it looks like it's at the top of my list right now. I've just gotten my financial aid and I've been offered a work-study program. Now, I've read the online UW handbook for work-study and everything, but I'm either really dense or suffering from lack of sleep, and I'm still confused about it.
If you do a work-study program, do all of your earned wages go to paying for tuition? For example, I've been offered $3,000 through work-study; does that mean that all $3,000 of it will go to tuition? If so, is it in any way possible to hold down another job so I can have money for books, food, etc?
Also, is there any way to contact the Financial Aid Office and attempt to wrangle more money out of them? They've offered us a $13,000 parent loan to cover the difference but my mom's a single parent and a florist, so you can imagine she doesn't exactly bring in the big bucks. I was thinking about having my school counselor call and see if there's any more loans, grants, anything, that I could get in place of the parent loan. Is that even remotely plausible?