Tuition stress at a new college

I have three classes left for my bachelor’s degree. Principles of biology 1 and 2 with labs and a computer lab that I dropped like, six years back because I sucked so bad at Excel (true story- also the only class I have ever dropped. I felt like a total idiot on our first test when everybody else flew threw creating a spreadsheet for a movie store and I couldn’t even remember something about a key that I needed to even start the spreadsheet). Anyway, I just moved a few miles away from a community college so I applied as a transient to take my biologies in person.

After having a really hard time getting anybody on the phone at the school (almost 2 hours of attempts with no success- talk about irritating) and failing to find any information on the horrible school website about how to actually register for my classes, I decided to give up and just go to the college. So last week I went to the college to register for a class since I couldn’t figure out the website for the life of me and forgot my password. They registered me for the class without explaining how to get my username and password, and the lady failed to tell me that my class would be dropped if I didn’t pay the same day (who does that?!).

Today I decided to return to the campus real quick to pay my tuition and then I’d be on my merry way to LA Fitness to get some miles in since I just started training for a 1/2 marathon. My day had been pretty good up until this point too, except I was starting to get a little hungry and I get super hangry if I have to go without food. Can’t run on a full stomach though, but I figured I’d be done at the school in no time, do 1 1/2 hours or so at the gym, and then be home to cook up something nice for dinner.

Nope. Instead I got to the school and realized they were having orientation for a bunch of 18 year olds wearing really short shirts and leggings. I got in line for financial aid behind a good 30 people and thought that this was ridiculous. I decided that I should look up the number for IT on the school’s website so they could just give me my password so I could pay online. No luck. So I decided that somewhere in this orientation, somebody could direct me.

Somehow I ended up in the ID card office, telling this poor student who was working the camera part time about how much I hated the school’s organization and I couldn’t figure anything out. I thought I was about to lose my mind, but then he taught me how to log in to register for my classes! Luckily I got the only password prompt I actually knew (because naming my favorite movie, book, or TV show would have been impossible since I wouldn’t have known which of the three I named and also don’t even have favorites but that was the second least ridiculous option) and managed to log in.

I used this information to go log in to pay my tuition online. I then found that all of my classes had been dropped. That’s when the nice guy working in the computer lab informed me that all your classes get dropped by the end of the day if you don’t pay for them on the day of registration. Ugh. So I spent another 20 minutes trying to find the CRNs to register again for these classes, which I ended up doing. Then I decided just to pay tuition at the school instead of doing it online.

Got back in line for student accounts and then did some more searching on my phone and realized my fees could be waived for being a veteran but the forms must be turned in prior to fee payment because they don’t issue refunds. Well, that’s $200! I had to go home to get my DD214 to prove my military time and then I got back to the school at 4:30. I sat in line for awhile to turn in my DD214, but the lady had no idea where the form was that I needed to fill out. She told me I could print it out of the student center, to which I asked, “Won’t I have to pay? I haven’t paid my fees yet so I doubt I can print,” and she reassured me that I wouldn’t have to pay cause nobody at the school is a student yet, ha ha (she laughed, I didn’t). Fantastic!

Except that you did have to pay. And I had no money on my card. Of course. Luckily, another nice guy who was working in the student center (and also looked 18) let me use his account to print my form. I returned to finally turn in the last of the forms and the lady then told me that they could reimburse my fees at a later date but I’d have to pay for the class today or they’d drop it again. If I knew I’d have been reimbursed in the first place, then I wouldn’t have gone through all of that today!

I went to pay my tuition at student accounts cause there was magically no line, but then I realized there was no line because it was already closed.

At this point, I was starving and angry because there was no way I could go run for an hour on a starving belly, but I also had too much to do tonight (like blog!) to go run later on.  I angrily decided some days just aren’t meant to run, so I came home, paid my tuition online, and then took Jon to dinner at a Thai place because I was in no mood to cook!

The good news is that aside from books and figuring out where my class is actually going to be located, my hassle with that college should be done until I have to apply again as a senior transient for the spring (it causes more issues than as a nonsenior transient). My other class I’ll take online at my university (for $300/credit hour waaaahhhhhhh), and in TWO semesters I’ll have my bachelor’s in nursing, finally.

Now I need to go reseal the tile in my shower. Let the fun continue.

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