I have my own financial aid rant!! According to the SAR from my FAFSA, I have plenty of money to contribute to my education. On speaking with the financial aid department at my school, I pinned the director down to exactly how much I could make and still get some government grant money. Imagine my surprise when she told me I, a single person with no dependents, could NOT make over $10,000 per year and still qualify for any aid!
Since so many scholarships
base their criteria on the FAFSA information, right away those scholarships became impossible for me to get.
I got the book from the library about "4000 Scholarships" you can get, or something. I found scholarships for people who played on a horseshoe league, for tall people, for midgets, for those with large noses (I'm not kidding), for African-Americans, Lithuanian-Americans, Italian-Americans, Children of the 136th infantry (or something) etc, etc, etc, but only a handfull that I could apply for.
So I applied. I wrote essays, got copies of transcripts, got recommendation letters, the whole nine yards. I finally got a scholarship
to cover my books and tuition for this year based on my academic performance -- for which I am eternally grateful.
But I still have other expenses -- mortgage, phone, gasoline, food, uniforms, insurance, and so on.
I work as much as I can while I'm going to school, but it's not enough. I am 46 years old. I have a 4.0 GPA. I will sit the LPN boards after this year to be able to work as an LPN while finishing up my RN. So that being said, I went to the bank yesterday that has an affiliation or association with the school, and tried to apply for a student loan. Guess what -- my "debt to income ratio" was too high -- well yea, that's why I'm there, I need money. I was turned down for a $500 student loan.
It is so frustrating. It's like they are saying "Yes, we want you to get ahead, but not really". Nevertheless, all of this adversity just makes me more determined to succeed.
p.s. I even wrote to Oprah and asked her to send me a laptop computer -- but didn't hear back!