I just got off the phone with someone at the financial aid office for the local community college. The college I have been trying to attend for at least a year – possibly two. I lose track of time.
I have met with an advisor. I have spoken to people in financial aid on several occasions. There was plenty of opportunity for someone to spell out what I was up against.
See, I already have a B.A. in English. I decided to go back to school for something a little more specific. I chose to get an AS in Paralegal Studies. Yes, it’s “stepping down” in the degree world, but it was a program that would really work for me and fit into my schedule.
What they didn’t tell me, is that I am ineligible for ANY financial aid through the community college because I already have a B.A.
If I want the AS, I have to pay for it. Out of pocket.
Why didn’t somebody tell me this before? Why did they wait until weeks before registration deadline for the semester to inform me?
If I want to go back to school, I have to attend the university. I have to get a master’s degree.
Which means it’s going to be another several months (or years) before I finally get on track with this crap.