I am a 23 year old full-time Sears employee from Woodstock Connecticut, living on my own here in Savannah GA, with no financial aid from my parents. I am currently seeking my BA in rehab sciences at AASU, and have many issues transferring there, one costing me over $1,000! As a transfer student, I am very far from home, and have been living far away for over a year seeking in-state tuition. My father was turning 50 on August 17th, and for about a year we have been planning a family reunion on his birthday with all of my relatives. This was so exciting, seeing as my family is so close, I have not seen them in so long, and my uncle Nick was being sent to Afghanistan, in September. Unfortunately, being from CT, I was unaware classes would begin as early as AUG 13th in GA! I was immediately hyperventilating, and frantically phoned my family telling them we had to move up the date. Everyone could not go back and change their schedules, and my father reminded me, "I can't change my birthday, and I only turn 50 once." Being a "daddy's girl, and the OCD 3.65 GPA student I am, I was torn! I immediately had a nervous break down, knowing something bad was going to happen. I told my dad, I could not miss school, especially a new school and at this level. He was so upset, I could not let him down, and miss out on seeing my 93-year old Great-Grandma Allie, and BOTH sets of grand parents, everyone! SO I immediately contacted my professors seeking approval before classes begun. They approved my time, and gave me homework. I spent much of my "family time working on the homework, while I was home in CT, and was upset, since I was doing it so much, and couldn't give my family my full attention. I went to my first lecture for my lab, and when I got back went to two more, listening/participating intently, and typing notes, loving being there! I went an hour early at 10:30am to attend my lab, to try to get anything on what I have missed on the two classes I had not been able to attend. A girl sitting outside from my lecture told me she was in the class as well, and looked at my schedule, and stated my class was on TUESDAY not THURSDAY! I went nervously/frantically right to the professor, and explained to her my mistake. I begged her to let me attend her class later on that day, and she declined, after me saying, "I LOVE THIS CLASS," I'LL DO ANYTHING," IT WAS AN HONEST MISTAKE." I was so devastated since I was brought up that family comes first, and to always be honest, and it has gotten me no where. Therefore, I had to hurry up and find four more credits so I would still qualify for my loan. I found out by the registrar, I was being forced to pay out of pocket for this course, over $1,000 and if I didn't pay within a month, I'd be sent to collections, and have an additional $300 charge! I had never heard of anything like this in my life! I am one of the most obscenely responsible, up-tight, "always follow the rules," kind of girl there is; however, this is criminal! I work full-time at SEARS to support myself, and anyone that has worked with me can testify, I am the hardest worker there. I am very serious about being responsible, and working hard, and always doing the right thing. I work so hard, and go to school, and do homework...I care so much about everyone and everything. I SUPPORT MYSELF, therefore have no help from my parents, and have rent, bills, etc. HOW AM I EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO THINK IT IS NOT CRIMINAL FOR THE COLLEGE TO CHARGE ME, OVER $1,000 for a class they dropped me from within the first three weeks?! I mean, I now recently realized it all came down to why I missed this class. I had had an adviser move the class earlier in the day to better support my work schedule, and she actually changed the day as well. Of course the schedule had a "T," and I assumed it was still Thursday, not thinking she would change the day since there was an earlier class still on Thursday. I went to financial aid, and was so disturbed, upset, and scared, I requested to drop out! I love school so much, and was about to throw all my hard-work away over being bamboozled by an establishment I am supposed to trust to educate me to become successful. She had informed me then I would also have to pay for my other classes as well. This college refund policy is crooked like FOREVER 21. There really is no refund! I work so hard and to think a year's worth of savings would equal less than what they are demanding is mind boggling how it is legal. I feel I cannot trust this establishment, and was basically forced to take out a loan seeing as there is no way I could pay this withing 30 days. I have no more words, I am just speechless and have accumulated an eye twitch and overwhelming anxiety at this point.
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