That sucks about FAFSA. I never qualified for any financial aid when I went to college. I did start out with a partial scholarship, though. The local community college had two different scholarships it gave out--a full and a partial. It gave one of each to every school in the area. This wasn't a well-publicized fact and I didn't find out about it until a couple days before the deadline. I was hoping to get some sort of assistance so I talked to my counselor one last time. He didn't know anything about the scholarships until he did one last search for me. Nobody from my school had applied for either of them when I turned my application in on the last day, an hour or two before the deadline. I called the school the next day and they confirmed that I was the only person from my school who'd applied so there was no chance of me not getting the full scholarship, which included all tuition, fees, books and a few hundred dollars each quarter for supplies. A few weeks later I got the letter in the mail letting me know that I'd received the partial scholarship, which covered 50% of my tuition costs for up to 15 credit hours per quarter. No fees, no books and no supplies.
I called to find out what went wrong with the scholarship since I'd been assured I'd be getting the full ride. There was a girl in my class who was technically a Cuban national. On her scholarship application she told how her parents had sent her over on a crowded, leaky boat. There wasn't any room for them so they were left behind. She was here in the US with her two younger sisters and had been providing for them since she was old enough to work, but they had been passed around between family members and friends prior to that. She portrayed herself as her sisters' guardian and according to the IRS at least was the head of their household. She turned her application in a few days late but due to the hardship of her situation the school felt they had no choice but to give the scholarship to her. It gave them an opportunity for some great, positive publicity and avoided any negative backlash should she go to the local press about losing out.
It was a very dramatic and moving story. Unfortunately, it wasn't true. Yes, her parents had sent her and her sisters to live in the states, but it was via a plane to relatives in Canada who then drove her down to her wealthy aunt and uncle who lived around here. IIRC, she was actually born in the US so she was already a citizen and didn't have to struggle with the naturalization process at a young age as she'd claimed in her cover letter. She never spent any time on a leaky boat, never fell into the ocean with swirling sharks and never had to dodge bullets from the Coast Guard helicopters. She was technically listed as the head of her and her sisters' household, but in reality they lived in one of the wealthier suburbs around here. The car her aunt & uncle gave her for her 16th birthday cost more than my first two cars put together. The only passing around that had gone on with her and family members was when she first came here from Canada. She'd lived locally ever since and had always gone to private schools. Until her uncle told her that he wanted her to learn some independence by putting herself through the first four years of college before he paid for law school, the only real hardship she dealt with during high school was when one of the other rich girls came in with a more expensive purse.
The school wasn't willing to correct things or give a second full scholarship after they found out the facts in the situation (I'm not sure who, but I wasn't the one who told them she'd fabricated her application). Even though she'd made everything up, they thought they'd look bad stripping her of her scholarship because the story had been so good. They did avoid using her in promotional materials, though. She actually apologized to me when she ran into me at school one time and realized I was the one she stole the scholarship from. She told me that nobody had applied when she asked about it, then alleged that the only reason she told the story she did was because she was turning it in after the deadline. Amusingly, we got into an argument on Facebook recently where she claimed that she didn't personally know of a single case where a more deserving/qualified man ever lost out on anything in life to a woman. I was nice and didn't bring up our scholarship history.
Oh man, that sucks!!! I don't know the specific percernt of our students who get aid, but it's fairly high overall. I didn't qualify until after I turned 21 though.
The lady over the entire "front" of the college, meaning admissions and financial aid stopped me while I was working my raffle table on Thursday, and said she'd try to help me as much as possible, but I'm doubtful she can get the $1100 for me.
Well, I ended up getting an additional $115 back from financial aid, but I don't think I'll be getting any more than that. :/ It will at least pay for my gas for the next few weeks to and from class.
I am also MC'ing two events at the college this weekend. On Thursday night, I host the "History of Diversity Day" event, and on Friday I host the "Got Talent?" show. We'll see how that goes, as I've never really hosted anything like this before. I'm winging the talent event, but I was specifically told I had to follow a pre-arranged/approved script for the other event. LOL
The two events went really well, about 300 people at the diversity day, and around 125 people at the Got Talent event!
However I have important news! :D Yesterday I found a manila envelope laying on my desk, with a red, white, and blue address sticker on it. It was from the college, and was from the administration building. I quickly realized it was from the President of the college. As I opened it, I really didn't know what to expect. My term as student trustee is up at the end of April, so I thought perhaps it was a thank you letter or something. To my surprise, it was a letter congratulating me on winning a statewide award for outstanding achievement on the board of trustees! I will also now get to go to Chicago and be involved in the ceremony,etc. I was shocked, LOL!
That's great news. Congratulations!
Thank ya sir!!! Not been on GH for a while, so a quick update on all the stuff that's going on...
We pulled off my play "Through the Pages" in late April, which got us between 1100-1200 audience members total. It's going to be weird not working on some form of that show. Overall I think we did pretty good, however it was quite the learning experience. The professor over the program also suprized me, and credited me as assistant director in the playbill. It was a great time, but I know several things that I will change when I have a similar role to play in a theater production. I did however also win the Director's Award from the college, which goes to the most dedicated,etc. person over the entire year. The last two people to win it are very good friends of mine, and it's very cool to be ranked with them among the recipients.
I also recieved the Student Trustee Excellence Award, which was pretty cool. I got to bring my family to a banquet, so after me being gone several times a week to them, they finally got to see what it was like, hahaha.
But most importantly, I graduated Summa Cum Laude last Friday! As of tonight, I have finished all my finals (I had a late starting one), so I'm officially done with this step of my college career. It was quite cool though, I was introduced from the podium early on in the commencement ceremony, and it was even said that I had a position picked out at our college, but would have to wait to recieve it. LOL. I was also the 8th person to get my diploma and award. I'll still be a regular around campus though, as my lady friend who I've fallen madly in love with will still be here for another year, and I have pledged myself to the next two theater productions, so that I can spend as much time with her as possible.
Congrats! Our little Jodo, all grow'd up. <tear>
Thanks Jim!!!! :)
Unfortunate news though, I am returing to the same school for one more semester, as the University I planned to attend only had 2 classes open for me to register for (one being a dance class). So instead of attending half time this semester there, I'll go full time locally, as I was also picked back up on theater scholarship, and therefore have free tuition.
However, FAFSA is screwing me around again, and I was forced to fillout a several page document that inquired about my inner most personal secrets and spending habits. These questions included how much money I spend on shampoo, what I spend on "entertainment", clothing, food, and how many children I don't own up to. I know a guy who had to fill out a similar forum, and upon reading the questions, he decided that he didn't want to indulge his personal living expenses, and declined his FAFSA from here on out.
We had big headaches when my son was working on his FAFSA application. The school explicitly stated in numerous places that if we included our complete tax return for the previous year then we didn't need to send in our W2's. We went through the whole process, sent everything in and then my son came home and said the financial counselor needed our W2's. I had several documents plus their website telling me it wasn't necessary so I simply asked why. Three months later and they still weren't able to tell me why they needed them. I didn't have a problem sending them in if they could give me a reason, but they never did. I even talked to a supervisor and all they would say was that they need them. I finally sent them in only to have my son never turn them in.
Oh God. XD Did he not recieve his FAFSA then?
What irritates me is that I have been cleared for a certain amount of money by the federal government, but I am waiting for the college to ok that amount based on my personal living expenses. >< Likewise, when I claimed to not have any doctor bills, or a few other expenses, I was told I had to write something down for that expense. Considering that I haven't been to the doctor in the past year, and I'm supposed to base my expenses on an average per month, and twelve divided by zero is zero...I wrote down zero.
Likewise, in the past year, I believe I have purchased 3 graphic t-shirts, with a total expenditure of around $30 for clothing. That averages out to $2.50 per month. I was told that was wrong. I was then told I had to count the cost of my shoes, jeans,etc per year...Yet I've had my shoes and jeans for around 4 years each. It just so happens I take care of all my clothing, and have no need to purchase new clothing on a regular basis. The financial aid officers didn't seem to believe me...So we'l see if my FAFSA goes through. If it doesn't, I'm going to raise Hell.