You may had seen one of my other threads talking about how my final year of nursing school
is a financial nightmare. To add to that, the school's financial aid office just sent me a letter stating that one of the grants that I received last year will not be able to be given to me this year due to the fact that I was unable to meet the criteria. Now maybe this is my fault for not knowing the criteria, but either way its making me really frustrated and bitter. The grant totals at $3518, and at the moment, I'm having trouble paying for school with the grant. Even with the grant, I have ~$9000 balance that has to be made up. I can't take out loans because I don't qualify and no one can cosign. I'm already teetering on being unable to finish and now if they take this away I might as well hang up finishing school. The criteria for the grant states that the student have at least a 2.5 GPA and completed at least 24 hours by the end of the spring semester. It can;t be the GPA (I have a 3.81), so it must be the hours. I took only 10 in the fall of 2010 and 12 in the spring of this year. Most nursing students at my school are unable to be full-time considering that the course load usually only totals around 7-11 hours a semester. The remainder is either made up with general ed requirements if you haven;t finished them yet or classes you don't need. I only needed one more humanities course and whether I took it in the fall or spring, I was going to be below full-time. They even prorated my aid last fall and no one brought it to my attention that by taking only 10 hours I might screw up my eligibility for the grant the following year. I can send an appeals letter, but the letter indicated to me to do so for illness or such. I stupidly sent of an email to the financial aid office pretty much saying what I did here and they replied to go about the way set out in the letter. My chance for appeal is probably screwed now as well. I'm thinking its not meant for me to finish school cause all I am meeting is resistance.
I don't really know what advice I'm seeking here. I just feel the need to rant. Has anyone been in a similar situation with financial aid appeals?