Post # 1
Hi, I am a freshman in college. I will give everyone some insight of the situation.
Last semester, my first semester, I was unable to access my FAFSA due to some issues the SSA. When I finally did get a hold of the SSA, they could not help me with what I needed which was to figure out why my SS had not been verified after months. We called the school to notify them that I was not able to gain access to my FAFSA account. The school’s dean told me they had extra money that they could apply to my account with me having nothing to worry about, not even having to worry about paying the school back. I finished the semester and received a bill for $0.00. As I was trying to transfer for the Sping semester, they told me that I did owe money. And when I explained the situation about the first semester, and that I was just recently able to access my FAFSA, they told me I was too late and that I would have to pay for my fall semester out of pocket. I have called the dean, unfortunately only reaching the voicemail with no call backs. So, as of right now, I am 18 year old without a job and not attending school which is making me feel a little useless. I feel like I am failing, I have been depressed and overwhelmed thinking of how much failing to attend one semester is going to affect my future and it is very stressful. So in the time being, while planning a wedding AND trying to find a job, how am I supposed to keep my mind occupied?
Post # 2
Hunt the dean down in person. And get a job until this gets figured out. Real work experience is just as valuable as an education
Post # 3
hannahjoyce1997: Do you still have that $0.00 bill, or anything in writing from the dean explaining that you will have your first semester free? It seems really odd that he claimed there’s just piles of money floating around that can be applied to tuition on short notice with no formal process.
Post # 4
You are not a failure. I know this for several reasons. For one, you tried to fix the situation, and you are continuing to look for solutions- failures do not do this! Secondly, not attending school does not make you a failure. In fact, this may be a blessing in disguise. I have several friends who wish they did not go to college immediately after high school. Out of pressure and ignorance, they poorly selected majors. You will have the opportunity now to learn more about the world and what it has to offer before you settle on a major that may or may not relate to your passions in a realistic way. Use this time to think about what it COULD be (aka a time for a great job, a great volunteering position, a great time to spend more time with grandparents, etc) rather than what it isn’t– you being in school. Good luck 🙂
Post # 5
fl0werbee: Thank you so much and thank you for such a positive reply! I needed something like that, haha. Finding a job is stressful but I have been trying! I moved 8 hours from the town where I was for the fall semester of classes, so that has also become an issue with trying to resolve this issue. But thanks again:).
Post # 6
Phew! I did first year at 19 in Therapeutic Recreation, dropped out after it and started working in Forestry for a year. Then went back for first year Geography. Dropped out after first semester and went back to Forestry. Then went back and am graduating with my Forest Tech diploma in a month! Seriously, don’t worry! You’re 18 and while this seems like a huge deal now things will work out.
If they are saying you are owing money, sort that out ASAP, I agree with tracking him down in person.
Post # 7
outdoorbee: Thank you! I would try to track them down in person if I still lived there! And that is why I have been trying to transfer. It was frustrating that they told me too later, rather than before when I called them asking about my bill before the first semester was even over. But thank you! It does seem like a huge deal now, which does make it stressful. Trying not to think about it too much. Haha
Post # 8
Get a job as a cashier/ receptionist at a car dealership, work your ass off ask for more to do and maybe they will train you and pay for your training on certain things.
Post # 9
You are in no way a loser. Most 18-year-olds don’t have to demonstrate the financial literacy and responsibility that you have.
Have you called financial aid as well? It probably sounds a little hinky to them for you to say “The Dean said I don’t owe money,” but if you give them some specifics, then they might be inclined to listen, perhaps speak to the Dean’s office on your behalf. And they will at least open a case for you.
The other thing is, I wouldn’t get too panicky about getting the Dean’s VM right now because for a lot of schools (assuming you’re in the US), the weeks before and/or after Easter constitute Spring Break. Have you tried calling his office and speaking to a secretary or someone else in person?
Post # 10
Put off your wedding until you get your life figured out? You’re 18…figure out your school/moey/job situation before getting married.
Post # 11
Find a job, even part time to get out of the house
Post # 12
1) what do you have in writing from the Dean?
2) do you still have your 0.00 balance bill?
3) ask the school to send you an invoice, rather than them just on the phone saying “you owe money”.
4) call the dean’s secretary and ask to set an in person meeting. Bring your $0.00 bill and your new invoice saying you owe $ from last semester. Get it handled right there, in person. Since you dont have a job, you should be able to drive out there and get this taken care of.
5) Get a job- any job. Nanny, cashier, bartend, etc etc.