Financial Aid Woes...

  1. I have called the FA office a couple of times to find out when checks will be sent out for this semester. They had previously told me that they will be sent out the week before school starts. Great, I thought, because that gives me a couple of days to get books, supplies, shoes, etc., and pay for dues, uniforms, and other things at our Welcome Brunch the Thursday before class starts.

    Well, I called today to see if I could get a more definite day as to when MY check would be mailed out. AND...are you ready?...They have no idea, and no control over when checks will be processed. AND, Not Only That, BUT...some people do not get their check until a couple of weeks AFTER school starts.

    When I told the FA rep (over the phone...) she said, "Do you have a credit card? You could charge your stuff." Well NO I DO NOT HAVE A CREDIT CARD!! If I did, it wouldn't be such a big deal now, would it??? :angryfire

    I don't understand how they expect people to get by, purchase necessary supplies, pay for daycare, etc. Obviously I am receiving FA for a reason...I AM POOR, don't have any money!

    Now, I am really going to be stressing out (as if I haven't been already...now it is just THAT much worse)...and I don't know what I will do. My dh does not bring home enough for us to pay all the bills that are do, and me use another $1200 for books and supplies.

    Thank you for listening to my rampage...it is just so frustrating...
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   babynursewannab
    FA is great. But, it's amazing how much it can suck, huh?

    same boat here.
  4. by   4loveoflife
    Think thats bad? Last semester I was in the same sitch, only they sent the loan check out in two installments, so I had to come up with $700 in the mean time. I think I ended up putting it on a credit card (good thing i actually kept one), and paid interest on it for 2 months till my loan came through. I dont know what the FA brainiacs are thinking but like you said sagelola, if we had the money to begin with we would have just saved ourselves the headaches of filling out those darn fafsa in the first place. (or whatever the heck they are called)
  5. by   flaced
    My school sends out the checks 3 weeks after the school starts, but they let the students register and withheld the classes for them if they had applied for financial aid. Those that are not approved for FA have to pay. Also, you can charge the books at the bookstore on your financial aid account a week before school starts. For the uniform, kit and other things I had to charge the credit card until the checks are coming...
    Hopefully you will find a way to pay what you need! Good luck!
  6. by   bedpan
    wow! Our school simply credits any loans/grants we have and only requires that you pay any amount you might owe past that!
  7. by   sagelola
    Thank you, everyone, for your replies!!

    Life would be SOO much easier with a credit card...or if they were NICE enough to let us charge the books, etc. I am sure I would be able to come up with the $ needed for the uniforms if they did that!

    My other school mailed checks out at the end of the week, so we would get them on like Thurs of the first week. At least there I KNEW when I would be getting it, unlike now...It could be next week, or it could be in the middle of Sept.

    We will get through somehow...I might have to go take a loan out at the bank of Daddy! (Just hope they have the extra...I have a 19 year old sister who they are paying for in college right now!)
  8. by   Jen2
    I know how you feel. Don't have a pot to pi@@ in or a window to throw it out of. We always get our checks the first week of school. However, I get paid tomorrow and have alot of O.T. comming, so I will pay my car payment late and buy books tomorrow so that I can at least read the first few chapters in my fundamentals book before classes start. I can't help it. I am a dork. Who will care if I was 2 weeks late on my car payment 10 years from now? Also I realize that I am having alot of financial difficulties, and I always will. Until I finish school anyway, I know that education is the key. When I graduate I will have acheived my dream and be much better off financially. This is why I make school a #1 priority.
  9. by   essarge
    aaaaahhhh....financial aid. My favorite love hate relationship! Our school does not give out refund checks until at least 6 weeks after school starts. Although they do allow $XXX for book vouchers so that you can purchase books, everything else is out of pocket. After the first year of fighting with them and turning them in to US Department of education (who threatened them with an audit), I buy my books online and save the arguing for the Dept of Ed....who I call immediately when they drag their feet or say "I don't know" or even give me an inckling of an attitude.

    Good luck!!
  10. by   manna
    You think that's bad! Let's see... this is August... at the school I'm enrolled with, we'll probably get our financial aid refund checks in early December! And they don't have a "voucher" system for us to charge our books/supplies against. It's a royal PITA! If there was someone I could complain to about this school, I most certainly would...

    (I don't have a credit card either or enough income to spare either - very discouraging!)
  11. by   sagelola
    Manna-I am so sorry about that! That totally blows! They shouldn't be able to do that to students, ya know? Believe me, I can empathize with your position. We've got 3 children in daycare, a car payment, rent...you know the drill. It just doesn't seem fair that there isn't anything in place to help out the students who need the help and don't "qualify" for some of their other programs.
  12. by   manna
    Originally posted by sagelola
    We've got 3 children in daycare, a car payment, rent...you know the drill. It just doesn't seem fair that there isn't anything in place to help out the students who need the help and don't "qualify" for some of their other programs.
    Thanks - I know what you mean. I mean, I understand why the college has to do it that way (small community college, can't afford to "front" the refund to students who might withdraw, etc).. but it's still frustrating. That's a large part of why I haven't been able to quit my job and go back to school (days) yet... I get very aggravated that the people who don't work get food stamps and federal assistance, but in this state if you're in school full-time (but not working at least 20 hours a week), you don't qualify for those programs.

    Sorry for that vent. I hate my job, and I want to be in school worse than anything, and it just burns me up that while I want to better myself, I don't get help and many of the people around here who could care less are abusing the system. *sigh*

    Oh wait, I said I was going to stop venting!
    I'm through now, I promise. LOL
  13. by   bedpan
    Vent away manna! Sometimes that is the only thing we can do to keep from losing our minds! (or in my case - what everyone laughing refers to as my mind)
  14. by   sagelola
    Just want to let you all know what has happened...

    Got an e-mail from my dad this morning (I had complained about the whole FA thing, and didn't know what I'd do) and he said that he wanted to help me out this fall (I didn't get 2 grants because both my parents have college educations...mom MS and dad BA, so I think he felt bad for me). He said he wrote the check out yesterday...and it is enough to cover my books, supplies, and shoes!! I can't believe it! I just don't know HOW to thank him, you know? It is totally unexpected, I certainly didn't expect them to help me out (last year my sister went to a private girl's college...cost them $22,000 for the year, this year she went home, and still doesn't know if she's been accepted into the university there in town).

    Sometimes things DO work out...and I'm very lucky to have my parents! Hope the rest of you are able to work your FA woes out, too!!

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