I can only assume you’ve found this post/blog if, like me, you’re preparing to go to postgraduate school in London and are worriedly whiling away the days waiting for yet another person to get back to you. Or maybe you’re considering doing so, in which case… hold on to your butts.
I’ve been slowly compiling a timeline of my journey through the entire process. I’m going to post it for other people to reference, keeping in mind that it isn’t over ’till the fat lady sings and she’s not even on stage yet.
early November 2014: submit application
24 November: receive offer for phone interview
24-26 November: study for interview, (over-)prepare notes
26 November: phone interview w/programme director, told decision could take a couple of weeks
27 November (Thanksgiving Day US): receive acceptance e-mail
1 January 2015: fill in FAFSA – there isn’t really any use officially submitting this until you’ve done your taxes, I submit anyway
24 February: apply for SASS scholarship
17 March: put correct tax information in FAFSA, submit
31 March: start contacting potential homestays (homestay.com), start looking on school board for accommodation
1 April: hear back from most homestays within a day; only 1 says not available
7 April: book homestay for 21 August-21 September through homestay.com
8 April: submit enquiry to HSBC for overseas account
9 April: HSBC cannot open an overseas account for me unless I already have an account open with them
22 April: receive award letter, sign, send back to school loan administrator
23 April: complete entrance counselling and promissory notes for unsubsidized loan and Grad PLUS loan, send to school loan administrator
19 May: Buy my plane ticket!
Things that haven’t happened but are supposed to, with projected date
June/July: approval for loans from Department of Education
June: receive CAS, apply for visa