Due to college expenses, I am actually not able to attend school this semester. I've been having this issue since I made this journal here
. I thought that the issue could be solved, but it's proving to be just about impossible. The story is a long one. If you don't want to read through the story, then you may skip it.
So, basically, the charge that the school is giving me is from my Fall '13 semester (back in July). The school allowed me to register for the next semester because the charge didn't exist at the time. At the end of my Spring '14 semester, they sprang the charge on me. I was in class when I happened to see the charge on my account.
Right after I saw the charge, I went to the Bursar's Office. The lady was really nasty to me and barely even LOOKED at my account before telling me that my financial aid award must have been pulled back because of my grades. I told her that my GPA is currently a 3.0, so that couldn't have been it. It was THEN that she actually did some calculations and told me that TAP was the one who puled my award back. They told me to go to Financial Aid and see what was going on.
I listened to the lady and went to the Financial Aid office. The people in Financial Aid told me that whoever looked at my account in Bursar read it wrong. They said that TAP hadn't paid all of the award to the school yet and that all I could really do was leave it be and it'd take care of itself. I waited for a while and went back. This time, they said that TAP did, in fact, pull the award back and that I now owed the school $900. I asked when it was pulled back and the lady in the office said that it was right when I got my refund (left over money). No one told me and it was so sudden. On top of that, it only happened for one semester. If it happened for one semester, then why not the other? It doesn't make sense. I asked them if I would be able to transfer out of the school, and they said that I'd need to pay the balance first.
After all of this, there was some stuff with FAFSA verification that I had to take care of because I thought that I was going to school this semester. When I turned the papers for verification into the Financial Aid Office, I asked them what I could do about my problem. They told me that I could try taking out a direct loan.
I tried taking out a direct loan, but the system that CUNY switched to is really confusing and kept giving me issues. The school called me later and tried to figure out if I was going to pay the fine. I told them that I was having issues and what had happened. The lady hung up on me mid-call...On top of that, my school keeps calling from private. They always hang up on me as well. After I was unable to figure the system out, I attempted to take out a Discover Student loan numerous times. None of those attempts worked. My mom then signed me up for a Discover Credit Card so that I could get some credit and try to pay the loan off. Sadly, the credit limit on the card is $500.
After a couple of weeks, I was finally able to figure out the system and sign up for a direct loan. Sadly, I was reminded that a direct loan will not process unless you're registered for at least 6 credits and financial aid won't pay for the semester unless you're registered for at least one class (They were supposed to fully cover me this year and it would have taken care of the balance on my account as well...). All of this, I can't do because of the stop on my account. Now, I'm just stuck and I don't know what to do. I can't afford to pay off the $900 and I can't go back to school unless it's paid off.
And to top it all off, the CUNY Help Center told me that they can't help me and I'll just have to go back and talk to whoever the supervisors of the offices in the school are.
In short, I will be finishing my current to-do list over the next few weeks and I want to take commissions
so that I can pay off this balance and move on with my life. If anyone can/wants to help, that would be wonderful and I would really appreciate it.