So back on this post here, I shared what I believed to be the end of an email exchange with my Financial Aid counselor, Fernando. Much to my surprise, I heard back from him again on Tuesday:
Billie, sorry for the late reply. I was out on vacation and just came back today. Billie, call me Fernando. 🙂
Ok, you can still pick up your ID and parking decal, as far as we are concerned you are an admitted student. Registering for courses is proof of that. You should be able to get your stuff from student records.
Hmm. Well, that’s fascinating!
I’ve been following TCL’s online step-by-step guide to enrolling, and it lead me to believe that I couldn’t be officially admitted or obtain my student ID or campus parking decal until after my classes were paid for. So yesterday after work, I swung by the Admissions office and chatted a bit with the woman at the front desk.
She agreed with me that it’s ridiculous that I applied back in April for Financial Aid to begin in the Fall and still haven’t gotten my package. I did ask her what students who haven’t received their package by the first day of class typically do, and she said sometimes they will sign up for TCL’s Student Payment Plan just to give themselves more time for their Aid to come in.
The plan costs an initial $35 to enroll in, and then you have until October 4th to pay for your Fall semester tuition (instead of having to be paid-in-full prior to the first day of the semester, August 16th). Which I hadn’t even considered, so I’m glad to know that’s an option for me.
On the other hand, should it come down to that then I will probably have to put my books and supplies on a credit card and just pay it off as soon as my aid comes in. But that will have to be a last resort, as it’s something I’m truly hoping to avoid. I only recently began working on repairing and rebuilding my awful credit history (look at me, adulting all over the place these days!), so the interest rate on my card is pretty fucking heinous.
I also shared with the Admissions lady what Fernando’s email said. She confirmed that because I’ve already registered for classes (like two months ago), I am considered enrolled and could go ahead and get my stuff. Wait, what?! So across the hall I went to Student Records, and handled some business.
Check it out… I’m officially a college student again, ya’ll!
I am very excited about this! And for real, though… I can’t wait to start using that ID card for sweet discounts around town. (Example: There was a concert recently I thought about going to, but it was $30 full price… and only $12 for students with ID.)
As for Financial Aid, I figure I’ll give it until a couple weeks before the semester starts before I get loud again. If I still haven’t heard anything more from my dawg Fernando by August 1st, I just might hafta to pop up in his office and introduce myself.