I recently applied to return to college after 15 years of being out of school. My problem is this, though. My first time around in college, my mother was very ill (diabetes, partial paralysis, congestive heart failure, weakened kidney function/liver function). I did okay my first semester, though not as well as I could have, maintaining around a 2.3 GPA, but my second semester (1991) I ended up failing all my classes because of the stress of driving back and forth so often and worrying about what was happening with my mother, plus my father having financial difficulties due to my mother having no medical insurance at the time.
I just spoke with my new college and was told that I would be placed on financial aid suspension, which would mean I would recieve no aid (no grants, no loans, etc), but I could appeal it and provide documentation. The problem though, is that this was nearly 15 years ago. I called the hospital and of course, they can't release her medical information to me, even though she is now deceased. I tried to locate her physician and found out he had passed away about a year after my mother died and no one is aware of where her records from his practice would be.
It would basically be impossible for me to attend college for Nursing without any type of financial aid, so does anyone have any idea how to go about getting any type of documentation for this? My father says he no longer has anything from that time period, as his sister cleaned the house out after my mother's death so he wouldn't have to deal with it all.
I'm sorry about your FA suspension
When I worked in financial aid, it was always a sad situation to have to tell a student that he or she was no longer eligible, especially when I knew they had a good reason for it. It has nothing to do with the school. It didn't make that decision...Federal Student Aid did.
Also, the school doesn't get to determine whether your appeal is granted. The documention goes to federal and they decide. The only appeals I remember which were successful had documentation to support their reasons for grade lapses or high withdrawal rate, etc.
I'm not trying to discourage you against appealing. You should definitely appeal, but do EVERYthing you possibly can to get documentation before you do. Have specific dates and details and any documents (any at all) that support those dates or details.
If I remember correctly, you get one chance to appeal. After that, you can ask to meet the appeal committee (sort of a second appeal) if you disagree with its answer. You need to be as prepared as possible for your one shot.
Last edit by devi on Sep 19, '05