I apologize in advance for this being such a long post, but....
Alright, I'm not eligible for grants, so I am forced to take out student loans (I'm in debt up to my eyeballs, but it's the ONLY way I can go to school and it really doesn't bother me b/c they're low interest and tax deductible and hopefully I can get a hospital to pay them off for me one day...or at least put a dent in it). Well, I'm attending a CC so they only go by freshman and sophomore status. I am eligible for the $7500/yr b/c I have ump-teen million hrs at this particular school (more than that from other schools but apparently they don't count). That's not what bothers me, I'm satisfied w/ the 7500/yr. Well, I get my letter from Sallie Mae saying that I was getting the freshman amt for 2003-2004 school year....I immediately picked up the phone and called them to ask what happened b/c the school told me I was eligible for the 7500. They told me that they give whatever the school requests so I need to go talk to the financial aid office at my school...I went straight there the next day and spent like 2 hours talking with 3 different people (one of those being the director). If I'm entitled to it, I need it (we all know how expensive nursing school is - not to mention the fact that the school advises us not to work more than 16 hrs a week). Well when I told the director that I wanted what I was eligible for he said, "Even though you're eligible for it, why do you want to it all?" Well, I want it all b/c I'm in the nursing program which is expensive and I had to quit work so I could focus.....This jerk replied back to me with the following, "It's financial ASSISTANCE NOT financial SUPPORT!" That irritated me to no end! I'm the one that's going to have to pay these loans back not him and it really shouldn't be any of his business why I want the money. It's not as if I can just NOT PAY my loans back, they're like IRS, they're gonna get their money! I'd understand that comment if I were receiving grants but LOANS???!!!!!
Well, he got with one of the financial aid officers and they were in her office for a while. The financial aid officer comes out (the director vanished) and says that I'm eligible for the full amount and they start manually entering some stuff in the computer. Then she excuses herself into her office again and comes out with this piece of paper that shows that if you're enrolled in Nursing I that they don't look at your other hours, and just automatically classify you as a freshman, but as soon as I'm enrolled in Nursing II that I can come in and get them to resubmit my app and get my the remaining balance (that will be in December). She also told me that the nursing program was the ONLY program that used these restrictions. Well, by this time I was so disgusted that I just left w/o asking questions.
I stewed over this for the entire weekend.....The nursing program is the MOST EXPENSIVE program at this school. The only one that requires annual physicals, and immunizations, more text books, uniforms, stethoscope, bp cuff, etc....Why would they just target this program????? Why would they completely disregard my other hours? Well, she's in Nursing I, which means we're classifying her as a freshman....
Well I called him the very next business day to try to clarify this and he said he "vaguely'" remembered me being there and took my name, social, and number saying he would look into it and call me back. Do you think I've heard a from him yet? NOPE!!! I've left messages for him, I've even emailed the man and have YET to hear from him.
I just want to know why. I'm not fighting to get my money, because I KNOW I'll get it this school year, I just want to know why this program out of all the others is treated this way when it's the most expensive. I mean, is it federal policy or the school's policy or what?
Have any of you encountered anything like this before?
Sorry for the long post, I just really needed to vent about this.
PS my boss is really good friends with the president of the school, which is how I got his email address