Tips to Save at UCLA

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UC tuition is going nowhere but up. How can you get the most out of college financially wise? Here are a few tips that I accumulated through my first year at UCLA. They involve some work, but are well worth the effort. I hope they help.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is not officially run by UCLA. This blog contains advice from a student's point of view. You should not completely rely on this resource. There are many other places to go for help, which are periodically mentioned throughout this blog.
Anonymous wants to know, "I've just received this in my email: The terms of your Provisional Admission Contract required that you maintain the grade point average reported on your application for undergraduate admission. Due to the changes in your academic status, your academic record no longer meets these standards. Therefore, we are withdrawing our offer of admission to UCLA for fall quarter 2011.We encourage you to consider other options as an alternative to UCLA for fall quarter 2011. blah blah! Advice?"
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Oh no…. Wow I really do not know what to say. You can go to a community college and get good grades, then transfer after your sophomore year. This saves a TON of money. But I can not believe they just retracted your admission. This is probably because of your second semester of high school. I’m sorry.

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Anonymous wants to know, "how do we email a dpr? i was asked to submit one for my work study application..but theres no link to do it lol thanks!"
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You find it on your URSA.

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Anonymous wants to know, "Hi ") Where can I see my Bruin balance account? :) thanks"
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https://secure.bruincard.ucla.edu/bcw/web/Home.aspx

You can use this link to see your account, make deposits, look at which vendors accept the card, etc.

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Anonymous wants to know, "Hi, I was just wondering if there is a oven that we can use at UCLA if we ever want to bake anything. Thanks!!!"
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No ovens, stoves, or anythingggg. I miss cooking! The best way to bake something is to befriend an upperclassman who lives in an apartment so you can use their kitchen.

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Anonymous wants to know, "in all honesty, how many people in dorms actually bring tvs?"
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In all honesty, I’m not sure. I didn’t see them too often in halls. I’ve seen more in plazas and suites.

Bringing a TV is up to you. You get cable channels, and the quality is quite clear. However, it can also be distracting. It can make your room very social (which can be good or bad). Your roommates may not appreciate it. Communicate beforehand whether you guys want one or not.

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Anonymous wants to know, "What are some things that freshmen can do to blend in? I've been told that lanyards and sweatpants SCREAM freshman. Your opinion?"
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LANYARDS SCREAM FRESHMAN. I know they’re cute and I guess they’re easy to store your BruinCard and room key in.. but they are expensive and unnecessary in my opinion. A LOT of people had them my year though so it’s up to you if you want to get one!

Sweatpants.. I guess so, if you mean the UCLA ones. But at the same time, many Bruins wear UCLA gear.

It’s that dazed look that distinguishes freshmen the most. That “look” from being set free into the wild, starting a new life, being free to go out whenever you want, and also wondering where in the world your next class is that typically distinguishes you as a freshman ;)

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Anonymous wants to know, "im a little confused, housing used to send me email when my housing payment was due (the monthly plan), but the havent sent anything for this month, now i dont know if i missed the deadline or how i should pay it since the changed it all
do you know where on the website i can go to pay?"
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http://www.housing.ucla.edu/accountinfo/

This site shows you your account and what you owe.

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Anonymous wants to know, "After you accept the loans and do the online classes for the loans, do they then put the money in your account or mail a check?
Im just wondering because i accepted an unsusidized loan and ive changed my mind and would rather not take it"
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They put it in your account if you signed up for BruinDirect, or they mail a check if you did not sign up.

I do not know the policy of “refunding” a loan that you already took out. I never had that situation occur to me. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

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Anonymous wants to know, "I see that washing clothes at UCLA can be quite expensive, so how often do you recommend that we wash each article (shirts, jeans, bras, etc) of clothing?"
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…Once a week? It really depends on you. Would you like your clothes to smell and look clean? …

You can always air dry your clothes to save money from using the dryer!

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Anonymous wants to know, "i remember reading on one of your previous posts that you like to go home every few weekends to do laundry and visit and such because you live close by. i live about 30 minutes from campus without traffic, and plan on going home on the weekends - i was wondering what you do to get back and forth? do you have your parents pick you up, take the bus, etc? and when you bring your laundry home, what do you bring it back in?"
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I try to carpool as much as I can to save gas and money. I also use resources like the Vanpool system (coming up soon in a tip). There is Zimride as well, which is a way to find carpools in your area.

I just use a laundry hamper, or a reusable bag. It depends on my mode of transportation. If I am in a car with one other friend, I use my large laundry hamper. If I am in a cramped space with many people, I bring a smaller reusable bag.

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