Monday, May 09, 2005

Finances schminances

So, I went to Financial Aid first this morning to try to work my way through the morass that is my financial aid situation.

My first (and according to them, biggest) problem is that my FAFSA was late. They didn't have a record of the appeal I submitted last week. After I pointed out to them that I HAD submitted it, they found it, filed under the wrong year. Great. It (obviously) hasn't been reviewed yet.

My second problem is this little "audit" (for lack of a better word) that I have to complete. Apparently, because GI Bill/Veteran's benefits do not register on the FAFSA as "income", and are tax free, my FAFSA shows that I had basically no income last year. This is a problem because the financial aid office says they have to understand how I am paying my bills when there is no income reported. So, regardless of the fact that I probably did my FAFSA and my taxes wrong (OOPS!), the financial aid office says if I fill out this form correctly that's the most important thing. Of course, since I'm probably only getting the bare minimum of aid from the school due to the late FAFSA unless a miracle happens with the appeal, I'll be getting private loans anyway.

What I'm saying is that it's a big old mess and stresses me out. I didn't go to any of my classes today, I'm going to sit here and finish these forms, and then, for fun, I get to register for next years classes...waiting lists, here I come!!!

Plus, I don't feel good. WAH!
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