My first rant is directed towards the asshats in the financial aid office, and the second one towards the admissions office and the biomedical engineering department at the university I’ll be attending this fall.
First off, the financial aid office:
Yes, I fully admit that when I applied to your college, I was living in another state. I made no effort to hide this, but I did make sure, in the space to list previous addresses, to make it quite clear I had been living out of state for less than a year and a half, and before that, was born in and lived the first 21 years of my life in this state. And when I moved back here, I also made sure that you knew that. Yet depsite that, you still classified me as an out of state resident, thus forcing me to pay more than TWICE the tuition I would pay as an in-state resident.
Now, call me crazy, but I thought the point of having lower tuition for in-state residents was to entice native teens and young adults to stay in the state for their education, thus helping the economy and such. I consider myself a Vermonter, I would also like to think that if I explained my living situation to any rational adult, they would agree with me, yet your money grubbing suits seem to have decided that the very second I step foot out of state, I suddenly am no longer considered a Vermonter. Bull. Shit. Look, I am trying my best to get as much money I can this summer, and plan to have a part-time job in the fall, to pay for my education. As it stands, I will have to take out more loans, but I would appreciate it if instead of close to $20,000 in loans for one year, I hope I can reduce that to less than $10,000. God forbid you actually try to help a native Vermonter out and do what the reduced in state tuition system was designed to do. As it stands, before I have officially enrolled, you have pissed me off. Which brings me to my next point.
Dear admissions office and biomedical engineering department:
Why the FUCK am I not enrolled yet? I applied in December, got my acceptance letter in March, and before April rolled around, sent back my reply card saying I was going to attend. Since then, I have gotten exactly three more pieces of correspondance from you. A financial aid package letter (see prevoious rant,) a notice that I MUST buy student health insurance (oh, but I can’t do that until after I register for classes…well how the fuck do I do that?) and a letter today telling me that for $100 a year, I can enroll in a program that lets me pay my tuition and fees over the course of the year instead of all at once. I emailed admissions and asked them what the deal was? Where was info on student orientation, registration for classes, and how about (as much as I dread it) my first bill? (Usually that’s a small one with just a deposit that is a bit more formal way of my commitment to attend.) They said that orientation information gets sent out in late July early August (oh goodie, less than a month to switch around my schedule so I can have those days off from wherever I might be working,) and that the bursar’s office handles bills, and they will get sent out later, and the department I applied to is the one who is supposed to send my registration information, class information, and all that jazz. Well yippie, good to know everyone is so freaking speedy on these things, and it’s also good to know that you made so much effort to let me know this. :rolleyes: