*This posts is for my Graduate School GlamNerds *
I'm so proud to present my sister from another mister... She's officially joined the movement and will be sharing her wisdom and experiences from time to time. Ladies and Gents I give you.. MissProfessional!
Let me introduce myself….I am what they call a professional student. I've been through it all from academic dismissal (otherwise known as THEY KICKED ME OUT!), scholarly achievement (BS in Biochemistry with Honors in Independent Research then to a full ride at the University of Florida College of Medicine) and down to “I hate what I am doing” and switching majors (currently a Secondary Science Education Major at UFlorida and mostly likely on to a Ed.D). So if it’s on campus…I've done it, hated it, and changed it. So call me MissProfessional. I count it an honor and a privilege to be acquainted with someone such as the GlamNerd…27 years of friendship well worth the journey!
Let me just start by saying that GRADUATE SCHOOL IS EXPENSIVE and your local university financial aid office SUCKS! (#jussayin) They have come into cahoots with your Federal Government to subsequently hide money from you so you can suffer and flunk right on out of school. (#realtalk) As a fellow GlamNerd in graduate school I have had my share of financial disasters…
For those of you that are in graduate school, you know many graduate programs have block registrations programs. Under block registration your courses are already laid out for you and you will be pre-registered for the particular "block" or sequence of courses you are to take. As many of you know, the number of credit hours within these blocks will vary from semester to semester. What you may not know is that your financial aid office will not automatically adjust your federal loan budget to accommodate the change in your credit hours. What I mean is…if you are taking 9 credits in the fall and then 12 credits in the spring, they will NOT tell you that you will subsequently receive a SMALLER refund check in the spring! Your school will take their increased tuition cost and keep it moving. WE ARE TALKING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS PEOPLE and JUST FOR ONE CLASS!!! This may apply to undergraduates as well depending on your institution, where I went for my undergraduate education…they hooked you up!
Long Story short, take your tail down to the welfare ( aka Your financial Aid office) and make sure they not messing with your money. What you have to do is go to your financial aid advisor and petition for a budget readjustment. They have to give you your money! Somehow or another the federal government has come up with this bogus amount of money that we should get per semester and that should suffice….lets just say THANK YOU JESUS for scholarships and grants! If it wasn’t for them, most of us graduate students would be HOMELESS! After all, being smart is one thing but being GLAMOUROUS costs MONEY!
Till next time….GET YOUR MONEY!