For those of you who don’t know me or follow my personal account on Facebook, I thought I’d cut-and-paste my last few status updates. Please pray!
Sept 15th - Oh, dear … I just checked my Financial Aid Award for this coming school year and it’s short by over $12,000 of what I got last year! I’m hoping it’s still in the works and not that this is the final amount. If it is, then I can’t attend school this year. Feeling a bit concerned but I’ll call the Financial Aid office first thing in the morning and try to figure out what’s up. Fingers crossed!
Sept 16th - Continuing saga of the missing Financial Aid money … their offices are closed today so I can’t call or make an appointment. Need to wait until tomorrow now. Ugh. Considering Financial Aid will be dispersed on Friday, there’s not a lot of time to spare here.
Sept 17th (morning) - Spoke with Financial Aid. There was evidently some sort of glitch with their system that made it look like I hadn’t turned in all required forms. They’re going to get back to me at some point today about what’s happening. There should be enough money for school this year BUT it may be delayed until mid-October … which is a bit unnerving because that’s my living expenses money for the next month. Also looking into GRE test dates — need to take it in the next couple of months because some of the Grad programs I’m interested in have an application date of Dec 15th. $185 to take the GRE … eek … not cheap. Hope my Financial Aid and student loans come through on a sooner rather than later schedule.
Sept 17th (late afternoon after it was too late to call them back) - Okay, heard back from Financial Aid. This saga continues to unfold. Now I have a Final Award and it’s only going to cover books and tuition but no living expenses. The glitch or whatever it was didn’t get changed. My Award Letter still says that I have $12,880 of unmet need for the upcoming school year. They acknowledge that I don’t have the resources to pay it … but they didn’t cover it like they did last year. I have to wait until tomorrow now to talk with a human being in person rather than playing phone tag. I am super super super worried right now. Someone has actually gone in and looked at my Aid Award and seen what was there for me and told me this is the final award. If that’s true, I won’t be able to go to school for my Senior year. This is like a very bad dream.
And that’s my life right now …
For those of you who’ve been following my blog over the years, you know how important college is to me right now. I’m just sick right now … I held off worrying as much as possible until I heard from someone who actually was able to look at my file and see what’s still coming to me. NOW I’m getting worried. VERY worried …