Those of you who went to college...just wondering if it is common for the financial aid department to be...wavering? Last semester they gave me a loan. Then they took it... Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 12:35:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Those of you who went to college...just wondering if it is common for the financial aid department to be...wavering? Last semester they gave me a loan. Then they took it away without even notifying me. I had signed the papers and everything. But they took it away after they applied some grant.

This semester I got all my finances, or so I thought and I was to have an $1100 book balance. But now I have received two separate E-mails with different funding plans and it looks like they have increased my tuition, making me now OWE them? I just wrote for clarification but I don't like this wavering.

There is a lack of communication and explanation and classes start in two days. I have not even bought books.

11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 12:36:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
book allowance, not balance
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 12:53:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Was the loan based on financial need? If so, the grant may have disqualified you as it presumably decreased your financial needs...
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 12:57:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
The lack of communication is a big issue. Whatever their reasoning, if they change the loan it seems like they'd be required to notify you.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 1:04:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
My university (first degree...sleep tech, I think I paid outright) took care of all that and managed the loans and grants for me without issue.
I know that doesn't help you but just sharing a perspective where it didn't fluctuate like yours.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 1:10:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
What kind of grant did they apply?

I only had a scholarship and didn't have grants or loans, but I did do my work scholarship in the financial aid office itself. I just did clerical stuff, however.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 1:34:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/13/20 - 12:57:48 PM postallbear wrote:
The lack of communication is a big issue. Whatever their reasoning, if they change the loan it seems like they'd be required to notify you.


YES!!
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 1:47:02 PM EST (GMT-5)




Your mom goes to college.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 1:48:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
YEET
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 1:48:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't recall having any issues, but it wouldn't surprise me that they'd f*ck something up.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 2:00:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
In my state, if you do not have a previous degree, and you are a resident here for x amount of time, yadda yadda, you can get either a TN Promise (for high schoolers) or TN Reconnect Grant. So when I enrolled, very late, this past fall I was told I got that grant along with some loans. But apparently my enrollment was too late to make the deadline so they instead gave me another private school loan. Then they took it away after I signed papers and everything, and applied some other grant.

Now, it looks as though they have increased my tuition. But I was in the financial aid office last week and was told I would have a $1100 book allowance after my grants and loans...which some of my books are very expensive now that I am getting into some of the medical stuff. I was not told anything about an increase of tuition. I got one funding plan on the 9th, and two today, from two separate
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 2:01:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
people.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 2:02:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Back when I went to community college it was nothing like this. It was very straightforward and I was sent to get my stipend check immediately on the day I selected classes.

Now I am being told my book allowance has to be in a few weeks after my account "settles".
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 2:02:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I am now wondering if I should sit out this semester and go back to community college for my pre-reqs since it will be waaaaaay cheaper and then go back to this school when I get those pre-reqs done. This school is the ONLY school in the area that offers my program.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 2:03:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
But my program is very competitive and I think if I get my pre-reqs at this school I have a higher chance of getting into my program? Can they do that? Can they say if you go to a different school and make good grades there, that they aren't as good and disqualify you from the program?
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 2:04:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is always a damn hurdle anytime I try to do something
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 2:04:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/13/20 - 2:04:22 PM Damsel wrote:
There is always a damn hurdle anytime I try to do something

That's life, m8.

I'd say do the pre-reqs at the community college, but I know nothing about your program.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 2:30:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
We will see. I have two E-mails out.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 3:05:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I did my first two years of college at a CC because I had a scholarship and could live at home with my parents. I'd always recommend that if it's an option for you and holds no negative bearing on the later, specialized part of your program.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 3:23:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they do not straighten this out, I will probably do that. I am frustrated because they don't seem to have their act together. And we are talking about money here...kind of important. I am frustrated that they spring this on me two days before classes start back up.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 4:19:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's hard to know from just this info, but the way you're describing it, it sounds like there may be a situation where there are both debits and credits being applied to your account (for example, removing a loan that you don't need/qualify for because of a grant, but the grant funds haven't posted yet, etc.), and that's why they're saying you'll have this $1100 allowance once your account "settles".

This is not uncommon at the start of a semester for students who have multiple funding sources (and some which are dependent on others in some way). They should be communicating more clearly, but if they keep telling you the same thing about the $1100, and it's not a situation where each person tells you something different, try not to freak out about it too much.
11 days ago - Monday 1/13/20 - 6:00:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
OK so now I am being told that it is because I changed my program. I went from one medical program to another. Yes, I did do that. But that is because I am still between the two programs. My preferred program is extremely competitive and I won't know if I am going for that one until I get my math out of the way. If I do not do well in math, I sadly must go with my back up plan, which apparently has a lower cost tuition?

What I don't understand is why, when they are the exact same classes, are the pre-reqs costing more from one program to the next? I am talking about basic pre-reqs such as English 101, Math 101, etc. They are the SAME but varying in tuition costs depending on your program?! Is this usual?
10 days ago - Tuesday 1/14/20 - 2:25:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/13/20 - 6:00:30 PM Damsel wrote:
What I don't understand is why, when they are the exact same classes, are the pre-reqs costing more from one program to the next? I am talking about basic pre-reqs such as English 101, Math 101, etc. They are the SAME but varying in tuition costs depending on your program?! Is this usual?


This seems strange. Are you attending a for-profit college? State school? Or what type of school is it? I know here, in state schools, everyone with the same status (for example, in-state tuition, out-of-state, international) pays the same amount per credit hour, period. And all the community colleges *across the entire state* are the same rates as each other (also based on status). There would not be a situation where MATH 101 is a different price for Nursing students and English majors, for example.
10 days ago - Tuesday 1/14/20 - 2:29:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
When I was in college (private, non-profit), engineering majors paid a different tuition rate than the arts and science or business majors. There were many classes that I took that were not unique to engineering students- - Biology, Chemistry, English, etc.
10 days ago - Tuesday 1/14/20 - 2:29:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's why I asked about the type of school.

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