Well the term is about to start and I got a no-so-friendly reminder of that today when I started trying to figure out how to access my theoretical tuition benefits via the hospital. There was a lot I didn’t understand and now that I’ve dug into it there’s a bit of a concern, but hopefully it will work out… maybe? I don’t even know at the moment, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens because what else can I do?
Why is everything about money? It’s so annoying to need money all the time, especially when it comes to education. Education, of all the things that cost money, should be free for all. Alas that is not the world we live in, at least not here in the US. With classes starting I’ve been politely ignoring the fact that I needed to figure out how to pay for them. My understanding was that the hospital would pay for, up to, a certain amount. That was the plan anyway and I was good with that. I know the amount I have access to, I know the work commitment that comes with it, but what I didn’t know was how to get the money.
Turns out there’s a weeks long process. Guess who has class next week? This guy. I mean I guess I could get a deferment and work around it until it’s approved. The alternative would’ve been to pay for the classes out of pocket and ask for a refund after the courses end, but who has an extra ~$3k laying around?! So I am keeping my fingers crossed that I didn’t royally screw my first term using this new benefit by not submitting my bill in time. This is what happens when you don’t read the extra fine print.
I’m hopeful things will work out, but I’ve sent a ton of emails today trying to determine what I need to do and how to do it in order to make sure the school doesn’t drop me from the classes and that I can get them paid for by the hospital. They say a two week minimum, so I’m a little nervous I’ve just ruined my chances to use the benefit for this fall term. At least now I know going into the spring term that I need to take care of this ahead of time (this is all very new to me).
It’s another one of those hurry up and wait situations, but I signed up for the hospital job to make sure I had funds for school and maybe I should’ve done a better job of looking into it. To be clear, this is 120% my own damned fault, but it’s still a little stressful. Things the past few weeks have just been so hectic I lost track of when the term started.
So once again this is a friendly PSA, read the fine print, figure this stuff out in advance, and don’t be like me!