its not safe to wear a yes badge in Glasgow tonight, someone has been stabbed and there are literal fascists flooding our streets. the English defence league and orange order are in George square giving nazi salutes and burning Scottish flags. this is what it’s come to a day after the vote, a day after a no vote happening. stay safe all of you.
How My University Lied To Me
I’ve put off writing about this for an hour or more, because I’m still a little furious. I wanted to settle down a little so I don’t mince any details and spell out just how, exactly, the people who work at my university’s financial office straight up lied to me to get me to a) give them money and b) stop bothering them.
Here’s the long and short of the beginning of my story: started paying off last year’s tuition too slowly because they set me up on the wrong student financial plan (without my knowledge). Eventually, my student account went straight back up to the fees I had at the beginning of the year without sending me any messages through my university e-mail or in print through snail mail.
In comes the new school year, and I can’t apply for my classes until I find the money to pay them again. I go into the financial office to talk about getting registration open in advance while I try to make the payments. And this is what the woman working there says to me: the more I pay off, they will open up my student account for registration. She says that if I want registration open, I have to pay at least half or more of my outstanding fees.
And guess what? Just a few days ago, I paid off exactly 55% of my student account, leaving me just enough to pay rent for two more months (this and next) and to buy a few noodle cups and beans to eat during that time. And only then because of help from donations and saving up paychecks.
Now here’s where it gets shitty: I go in today to the financial office. I say, “I’m just coming in to see if my payment went through and to get my student account open for registration”. Now, what she should say is, “Ah yes, there you go! Go register for those courses you’re already missing out on because of our bullshit bureaucratic money sink!”
But what she says is: We can’t open your student account until the rest is paid in full. I told her that can’t be possible, because it’s not what I discussed earlier, and I had my student account opened last year when I had outstanding fees as well.
She gives me the look of “tough titties, doll face, now go rot in hell” and tells me just to borrow money from family (there are rich kids at my school who don’t need scholarships, bursaries, or grants and just get mum and dad to hold their hand on the way to the financial office and pay their whole tuition, so they assume everyone’s got the same privilege) and sends me on my way. I manage not to swear at her.
Registration closes on the 12th, and I have now learned that unless I give them $3,000 more (give or take a few hundreds, because if I talk to someone understanding in the office they could open it) I can’t attend classes, even though I was explicitly told I could. They lied to me so I would start paying off my student account, which means that now they can put more interest on it if I don’t pay off the rest in a month.
Let me repeat: my university administration lied to a low-income independent student on financial assistance so they could get an extra year’s worth of tuition out of me. Money I should not owe them, because the fees increased only due to being put on the wrong financial plan by the exact same institution. If that sounds a lot like just straight up white-collar crime, that’s because it basically is.
If you can do anything at all to help me, please donate. (And reblog, because even if I don’t make it through this I want more people to know how universities can still fuck you over by flat out lying to you even outside of the US - my advice to new students is bring a fucking tape recorder to anyone in your administration who can swindle you into paying fees you shouldn’t be)