FA Suspension Update [Major Vent]

  1. Hi all,

    Just thought I would let you all know how things are NOT going! I had a personal meeting with the FA Director. He told me that he needed to think about what to do. Because I will have 179 credit hrs. when I graduate. He said that he didn't know how to justify giving me aid with that many hrs. to a government auditor. VU is a 2 yr AS degree school.

    I told him that I didn't understand why they were counting all those hrs. against me because I all ready have an AS drgree and therefore those hrs. shouldn't count. He had a meeting with the FA committee last Thursday and called me at home to tell me I needed to pick up a form that my Nursing director had to fill out and submit to the committee.

    The form asked about my GPA, how many hrs. I had left to get my new degree, how the person felt about me, how many pre-reqs I had left to do, and if she thought I would have problems completeing the requirements. Problem is, SHE DOESN'T KNOW ME!!!

    I called yesterday to see what had been decided and the FA director called me back at 2pm today to let me know that yes they had received the info back on me. However, the new committee is an OUTSIDE committee and he had no idea when they would meet or when I would know anything!!

    I went to the Workforce commission and the lady there told me that she doubted if they could help BECAUSE there are other people who have never gone to school and they need the money and opportunity to go to school before I do since I already have a degree!


    This is how I have spent every summer since going back to school in 2001!! I didn't get my FA last yr. until the Friday BEFORE school started on Monday!! I am so discouraged. I really don't think I am going to get the money I need to finish my degree.


    Would you all pray for me? Please?

    I have absolutely NO motivation to clean house or get anything else in order before school starts. Anybody have any ideas to get me out of my funk?


    Thanks!!
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Rapheal
    Yes, I am praying for you. This seems like a tough break but I hope the tide turns in your favor. Beth
  4. by   essarge
    I have always had problems with financial aid (not because of credits but inept FA officers). I finally got to the point in my second year where I contacted the U.S. Department of Education and got them involved. They threatened an audit and I got my money. Now, I still have problems but just have to tell them that I WILL call the Dept. of Ed and they straighten out. Try calling the U.S. Department of Education and see what they have to say. They are great at helping send you in the right direction!
  5. by   Disablednurse
    You will be in my prayers. I hope you get what you need.
  6. by   Lisa1970
    I don't know your situation, but here in IN the Hospitals here will pay for your tuition if you sign a work contract with them. The Hospital that I work for does not require you to work for them until after school is completed. ( I am working as an aid), but I know of another hospital that does require you to work for them. They also pay you a full time wage. They count the hours that you are in school. Maybe it would be worth looking into. I hope all goes well for you. Lisa
  7. by   fnimat1
    Karen,
    I am sorry that you are going through this right now...and I pray that in the end something good comes out of all this. My girlfriend is going through something similiar. As far as being in a funk....continue to clean and do what you need to do in your house.....if things are out of order...then you'll be out of order...

    Fatima
  8. by   LeesieBug
    Just curious, but would the situation be the same if you tried entering a BSN program, rather than an ADN program?
  9. by   manna
    Good luck!

    I have financial aid problems too... the smaller colleges around here drive me crazy. You can't get your aid (grant) refund until the end of the semester, and they won't let you charge books/supplies against your aid either. You won't get your loan refund until midway through the semester. I don't know how they expect students to afford to buy their books and pay their rent.... especially non-trads.
  10. by   RN2BTam
    I am in the same boat. I will hit the 90 credit hour mark after this summer semester. So then when I start the actual nursing program in the Fall, I will be ineligible for FA. However, I have never received FA for any of those 90 credit hours. It's not like I have taken FA and wasted it. I am sooo frustrated!

    I'll pray for you, and you pray for me too, please!

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