Angela D.’s Answer
Greetings! I am sorry to hear your story. It is brief and because some details are needed, I'll ask you a few questions that will help guide possible next steps.
First of all, having been in higher education for decades myself, it is extremely difficult to commit fraud, there is just too much oversight and redundancies. Having said that, the right hand might not know what the left hand is doing because of how large administration can be with its many departments. Have you spoken with a guidance counselor about this? This person may become an ally in helping you to navigate other departments. Have you checked in with the Registrar's office to make sure of your status in terms of enrollment/withdrawal? Also, someone in Financial Aid? What does your online profile/account through the school look like? If you receive vague or no answers, please ask to speak to the person in charge or a supervisor. Frankly, a face-to-face meeting may be more effective so someone has to look you in the eye and see that you're a real person and then follow up with an email confirming your discussion. This is serious money you are talking about and it needs to get resolved no matter what, especially in the event you choose to return to school as it may impact future financial aid. Please get electronic and paper documentation of the process and resolution for your files. I wish you all the best in your endeavors, look forward to the New Year...and be brave! ~Dr. B
Angela D. recommends the following next steps:
- School online profile/account
- Guidance Counselor
- Registrar's office
- Financial Aid office