Post # 1
I am so sick of this crap! I am a full time college student. So is FI. I have about 60 hours but I screwed around too much in the beginning not knownig what I was majoring in so I still have another 2 semesters or so before I can transfer to the 4 year university to finish up.
Anyway, I’ve been attending the same community college for all of these 60+ hours and it’s always such a nightmare at the beginning of each esmester. They are horribly disorganized and always promising a better system and all that “next semester” but this time they are really making it awful, because they switched over to a “new and improved” (ha!) computer system recently for everything and it SUCKS.
So despite the fact that FI and I do EVERYTHING early; financial aid apps, registration, document verification, all of it, they are not able to get our financial aid checks out when they promised and it looks like we will have maybe ONE DAY before school starts to try and buy books! No way I am fighting that kind of madhouse!
It pisses me off even further because I NEVER buy books retail or even used price. Always super cheap through craigslist, half.com, abebooks, etc… but that takes longer, and usually we at least have funds 10 days or so before school starts so it works out and I’m only in class without books for max a week.
I’m just so frustrated right now, and have spent all day trying to call them and surprise, no representatives are available to take my call!!
I get so angry when I hear them advertising on local radio… they can’t handle the student body they have, why are they aiming for MORE!? They know they are the only game in town for jr. college and affordability, I guess. If I don’t want to put up with it I can pay 4x the tuition rate for the privelege, and they know it. I will be so glad when I am done with these people though.
Post # 3
That sucks, but the good thing is a lot of professors give you a few days to buy the books-at least that was my experience in college. Also, if you contact your professor before the start of the semester and explain your situation they’ll probably be even more understanding. I totally feel your pain-I had loans all four years of school.
Post # 4
@flamingred: Oh the loan money will take ANOTHER two weeks. This is the Pell grant money we are waiting on. It always “cuts it close” but even with it being last minute I have never ever had less than 7 to 10 days before school starts where there was no money. I mean, it always comes at least a week before.
I finally got through ont he phone and they tell me the checks will be mailed “some time” this week! Which could be tomorrow, could be Friday! They used to let us pick them up, and it meant waiting in line FOREVER but at least you knew at the end of the line you’d get the checks.
They are just sooooo inept. Thanks for the sympathy. I’m so broke at the moment I’ll be lucky to buy a notebook and pack of pens by Monday, lol.
Post # 5
Yeah, same here. I don’t expect to get my financial aid until a month into my classes! It’s absolutely terrible and they forced me to set up a payment plan b/c my aid hasn’t come in (they would drop me from my classes if no payment plan was set up). So I have to also put my textbooks on my credit card and carry a balance for a month! I totally sympathize.
Post # 6
Wow. I remember those days. Community colleges are pretty bad at that kind of stuff. I was never able to get my books online for cheaper when I was at community college for the same reason. However, once I got to the university level it was much easier. Our checks were there about 5 days before hand. The book list was usually out way in advance. I only had on instance where a professor decided to wait until the last minute to even pick out a text for the class. But then the book was only 15 bucks! So all I can say is keep pushing and it will be over before you know it!
Post # 7
@beekiss2: Oh yes they are doing that now too!! My school has a facebook page… apparently manned by complete idiots…but anyway everyone is complaining about the same situation this semester with financial aid not paying tuition and people being dropped. That has NEVER happened before for people who get it done by the deadline! Now they are donig the forced payment plan (which incurs a fee) and all kinds of other nonsense and claiming it is an “improvement” to the previous system. Are we at the same school??? 😉
Post # 8
@edisonsgirl: Oh that is another thing!! lol! I’m all riled up, for all the good it does me… but yeah, they wait until the very last minute every year to release book info. Drives me NUTS. Then, getting the ISBN is like pulling teeth. Professors don’t know it, admin knows nothing, department chairs don’t know it. No one knows the ISBNs, ever, and it makes it so much harder to locate the book and find it cheap.
I am so glad I am almost out of there… even though the university I am transferring to is going to kill me with sticker shock. I am sure it will be a welcome change. I would transfer now if I could afford it.. I have the credits, just can’t afford to finish up my pre-reqs and basics at the higher tuition rate.
Post # 9
I’ve been through this many times throughout college and then grad school. I tended to write to my professors, who usually understood without too many problems. Sometimes they would scan necessary chapters in the library, sometimes let me borrow an extra book they had, etc… It’s worth a shot!
Post # 10
have you tried chegg? SO rents all his text books from chegg and he usually save hundreds. he’s a bio major so he’s got a lot of big math/science books. You get them for the whole semester, they cost as little as 1% of the sticker price to rent, and chegg plants a tree for each book you rent. 😀 We loooooove chegg.
Post # 11
OMG! I SHARE YOUR RAGE!!!!
I’m at one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation (unfortunately). I want to burn the place to the ground. I too switched my major around way too much, and have been there to see the gross ineptness that runs amuck there as the place grows past its means.
First, even though there is NO parking (we have to park at a local amusement park and take the stupid bus over), and some of the classes are in portable buildings, what did they do with my tuition money? Build a F*****G lake in the middle of campus!!! Then they don’t take care of it. It’s a freaking cess pool! It’s a total waste of money. I wish I could drown the board of directors in it.
EVERY semester something goes wrong. Either my financial aid isn’t there on time, or halfway through the semester I get dropped from all my classes for literally no reason (Someone randomly found a “drop” slip even though it was an ADD slip from the beginning of the semester. Glad they leave this stuff just lying around!).
This semester? I’m going to university now, but I still need a couple of prereqs. So I’m not dealing with them for financial aid this semester at least. I’m still about to go down there and create a scene until drageed out by the local PD. I need to register for cal II, and it’s telling me I don’t have the prereq for it, even though I just took cal I this summer and made an A in it. Makes no freaking sense. So I’ve called, oh I don’t know, a million times? And left a million messages? No one EVER calls me back. I keep calling, keep getting rerouted to the switch board, and the stupid operator has the NERVE to tell me that maybe I should just go down there (oh yeah and stand in line at five different offices with a million other kids?). Then the b*tch just takes it upon herself to transfer me to some random department. Then when I try to call back, all I get is a busy signal. So, I resorted to just throwing my phone across the room.
I hate community college.
Post # 12
A lot of times when student are receiving government aid, the school must wait until the government sends them the money, then disburse it to students. For example, in the summer, the government does not disburse aid until July 1st, which is halfway through summer courses (It was rough to stretch springs loans that far into summer). Some schools have the resources to disburse funds to the students before the government sends it to the university, but that is not the case everywhere.
I would recommend contacting your professors to see if they can place a copy of the text on reserve at the library…that way you can do some reading/ copy the pages you need for the first few days.
Post # 13
Yeah I tried that last semester with my physics book. Both the library and the tutoring lab did NOT have a copy of the book. How does that even happen?!?