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School! Bangarang 10 kids; Muthafuckin, GA, United States 26759 posts
14th Jan '14

I went back to school January of 2012 and left May of last year. Went for three semesters. Fucked up the second two because I needed to be on meds and well, wasn't for most of it. I did really well during the first half of the semesters but both times just kinda stopped. So I skipped last semester and this semester, hoping to go back in the fall but to a smaller tech school rather than university. Gives me time for my insurance to kick in and start my meds back up (if the stupid website ever works Angry) and work a couple of jobs to pay for it.
Anyway, my question has to do with financial aid. I uh, lost mine after that last semester. I don't know what my GPA is but I know it's below a 2.0 since I lost aid and wasn't making satisfactory academic progress. So, does anybody have any information on about how long it would take/how many classes I'd have to get A's in to get back on track? I never had bad grades in high school and graduated top 10 or 20 in my class so this whole shitty GPA thing is new to me. I am so down to pay my dues and pay out of pocket for the first semesters but when I actually get into my upper level courses for my major, I probably won't be able to work and therefore won't be able to pay for it. I've called the school but since it's drop/add right now they're super busy and likely won't even be able to give me information until it's time to apply for fall. And I want to know what I could be getting myself into NOW. So.

jgnmelissa 3 kids; Middle of Nowhere, IA, United States 2251 posts
14th Jan '14

I just went through this literally a wk ago. I had a really bad semester, had so much going on in my personal life that I was unable to finish the last couple weeks of classes resulting in Fs. I aced all of my classes last term but they still put me on fin aid probation. I had to go in and fill out a ton of papers, watch some boring videos, take some quizzes and explain in detail why I failed and what steps I would do to ensure it didn't happen again. It was a pain in the ass but I got approved and started classes yesterday. Keep on them until you get the answers you need and start early!!! I didn't find out about the suspension till 2 weeks before classes started and it was a nightmare to get it all done and approved in time. It takes time and effort but it's worth it. Gl

RonniG Due July 19; 1 child; Plentywood, Montana 2036 posts
14th Jan '14

The fastest way to fix your gpa would be to retake the classes that you had bad grades it.. That way the bad grade is removed from your record and replaced with the new one.. If you don't retake them, it can be pretty difficult to overcome.. Not sure about what you need for the financial aid aspect.

Bangarang 10 kids; Muthafuckin, GA, United States 26759 posts
14th Jan '14

Thank you both! I'm going to try to contact the school once a week at least until I can get a meeting or some information. I found out about my suspension right after classes ended but just haven't had it in me to do anything about it, plus being uncertain about what I even wanted to go for. Now I'm ready to take the steps necessary to get back on track and study! I've considered filing an appeal due to my mental health since I WAS seeing a psychiatrist and a counselor at the time through the university, and they'd have my records. I just don't know if that would be enough of an extenuating circumstance since so many students go through mental issues.
i do definitely plan on retaking the classes I bombed. They were super easy prereqs for the most part. I won't be taking French again so that can just stay a big blemish on my record. But I'm assuming as soon as my GPA goes back up, my aid would be reinstated?

RonniG Due July 19; 1 child; Plentywood, Montana 2036 posts
14th Jan '14
Yes. If you get your gpa up your aid should be reinstated.. If you are attending university, they should have equivalent classes at a community college.. For example, you may be able to take French 101, English 101 at a community college and it can still replace your failing university grade.. Community college would be  much cheaper and possibly more hands on if you need extra help.
Bangarang 10 kids; Muthafuckin, GA, United States 26759 posts
14th Jan '14

Quoting RonniG:
Yes. If you get your gpa up your aid should be reinstated.. If you are attending university, they should have equivalent classes at a community college.. For example, you may be able to take French 101, English 101 at a community college and it can still replace your failing university grade.. Community college would be  much cheaper and possibly more hands on if you need extra help.


Yeah they're pretty much the same classes. The tech school I'll be applying to transfers credits to the university I went to so I feel like it would work the other way around. Plus my state has a grant for anybody who goes to a tech school that basically covers tuition, then the Pell grant would cover everything else and I'd get a refund. I got over zealous and wanted to go straight for a bachelors but didn't even know what I wanted to go for. I was told that going straight to a state school would look better on my resume. Did some soul searching and discussing with my SO and we both decided to get our associates in PTA, so now I wish I had just gone to the tech school in the first place, been paid to go without taking out loans, and I could have been close to done. Oh, well.

WhiteZombie Due January 8; 1 angel baby; United States 332 posts
status 14th Jan '14
Quoting Pabst:
I went back to school January of 2012 and left May of last year. Went for three semesters. Fucked up the second two because I needed to be on meds and well, wasn't for most of it. I did really well during the first half of the semesters but both times just kinda stopped. So I skipped last semester and this semester, hoping to go back in the fall but to a smaller tech school rather than university. Gives me time for my insurance to kick in and start my meds back up (if the stupid website ever works Angry) and work a couple of jobs to pay for it.
Anyway, my question has to do with financial aid. I uh, lost mine after that last semester. I don't know what my GPA is but I know it's below a 2.0 since I lost aid and wasn't making satisfactory academic progress. So, does anybody have any information on about how long it would take/how many classes I'd have to get A's in to get back on track? I never had bad grades in high school and graduated top 10 or 20 in my class so this whole shitty GPA thing is new to me. I am so down to pay my dues and pay out of pocket for the first semesters but when I actually get into my upper level courses for my major, I probably won't be able to work and therefore won't be able to pay for it. I've called the school but since it's drop/add right now they're super busy and likely won't even be able to give me information until it's time to apply for fall. And I want to know what I could be getting myself into NOW. So.





They have GPA calculators you can use, I'm not sure what your GPA has to be in order to get financial aid though.
http://www.back2college.com/gpa.htm

jgnmelissa 3 kids; Middle of Nowhere, IA, United States 2251 posts
14th Jan '14

Quoting Pabst:
Thank you both! I'm going to try to contact the school once a week at least until I can get a meeting or some information. I found out about my suspension right after classes ended but just haven't had it in me to do anything about it, plus being uncertain about what I even wanted to go for. Now I'm ready to take the steps necessary to get back on track and study! I've considered filing an appeal due to my mental health since I WAS seeing a psychiatrist and a counselor at the time through the university, and they'd have my records. I just don't know if that would be enough of an extenuating circumstance since so many students go through mental issues.
i do definitely plan on retaking the classes I bombed. They were super easy prereqs for the most part. I won't be taking French again so that can just stay a big blemish on my record. But I'm assuming as soon as my GPA goes back up, my aid would be reinstated?


If you have documentation of it, it will certainly help your situation. Fin aid won't pay for you to retake failed courses so you would be responsible for those on your own. 

Bangarang 10 kids; Muthafuckin, GA, United States 26759 posts
14th Jan '14

Quoting jgnmelissa:

If you have documentation of it, it will certainly help your situation. Fin aid won't pay for you to retake failed courses so you would be responsible for those on your own. 


The school should have it since I used the clinic and counseling centers there! I'll have to check on it since classes are back and they'll actually be there. If not I will be willing to pay for my gen ed or at least the ones I have to retake. I just know that once I get into my classes for the degree I won't be able to work full or maybe even part time so I'll need the aid then. The school doesn't recommend working while taking the final semester or two because of observation and clinical hours and there are classes that I can only take at certain times. So I'll need to be reinstated by the time I get that far. The only classes I have to redo are English and math. Super easy.