(Closed) Financial Aid doesn’t cover online courses?!

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Uh, what? Seriously? I have never heard of anything like this. I thought a course was a course, that’s kind of the point isn’t it? I would talk to financial aid and really push it. Maybe they meant you aren’t eligible for grants or scholarships for those courses but you can still take out federal student loans?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@bells219:   I have never heard anything like that. I had to take three online courses in undergrad and I received financial aid for those. I would ask to speak to someone in a higher position because that sounds absurd!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hmmm. Yes and no. If I am not a full time student at any given semester, I cannot receive full financial aid. This goes for most summer courses I am under 12 credits and have to pay out of pocket for required courses. :/ I’ve never had this happen during the year though. I have to say that is a really weird situation. I certainly hope something resolves. 

 Hm. Is there any way you can transfer said courses from another university online and receive credit? If they are required for your major maybe another major school carries the same courses online that can transfer in as credit towards financial aid? I would check with the registrar’s office to see if there’s a way around paying so much. Maybe you can find a loophole. Good luck! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I know from my experience and public colleges in Mass (2 year and 4 year) that my online classes were covered by financial aid. I second what MisssPumpkinBarry said – look and see if they have any “tranfer pacts” with other schools that you can take the courses through (either in person or online). Are the online programs new? Maybe they don’t have proper accreditation yet? It’s very odd. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve never heard of such a thing.  Isn’t a class credit a class credit, whether it is in person or online??

Hope you can figure out a way to make it work!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

This can’t be true. My SO is finishing his degree at a state school online and is paying for it all with financial aid.

That said, it MAY possibly be due to the kind of fin aid you get. For example, if you have a specific scholarship there may be stipulations on it. But if we are just talking regular financial aid (subsidized or unsubsidized loans) then I think this is totally incorrect information.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

That totally isn’t right. I am taking online classes, and it’s through the same university, same number of credits, full time. You need to talk to another fin aid rep.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@bells219:  Oh yes, if that is the case it’s still a completely ridiculous policy. I just don’t understand how they can restrict federal aid like that. I imagine you won’t be the only one with a problem with this system, I can’t believe they do it like that. I wish I could give you some useful advice, I only have sympathy for how annoying financial aid can be!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve never heard of that. all of my online courses had financial aid cover them.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That sucks. I’m really sorry. :/ keep us posted on how it works out for you! 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Wow, that’s REALLY crazy! I went to a brick and mortar university and paid for it all with financial aid, even for part time summer courses…now I’m at the online division of a traditional brick and mortar university…taking part time grad courses…AND paying for it all with financial aid. Something isn’t right, and I hope your university corrects it ASAP! Good Luck! 🙂

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