Easy, Easy . . . .
Last night I found the description of the post-bacc program I want to go into. I re-read the part of about tuition and fees. The professor in charge of the program said he thought the program description mentioned that there was no federal financial aid available. I didn't remember reading that, and I have a pretty good memory.
Sure enough, the document doesn't specifically say there is no federal aid available. In fact, it says that some students may qualify for low-interest loans.
I have been having spells of very negative feelings towards that professor, with his verbose unhelpfulness. I felt like writing to the woman in the financial aid office who had written to me that students in the post-bacc program aren't enrolled in enough credit hours to qualify for federal aid. I felt like quoting the program description to her, and saying, "What about that, huh? I was misled! I cry foul!"
Of course, my only motivation for doing this was to attempt to cause trouble for the professor.
And then it occurred to me that perhaps there are other sources for aid besides the federal government.
I called the financial aid office and just spoke to whoever answered the phone, keeping my head down, you see. I was told I can apply for a private loan from an organisation named TERI. The young woman I spoke to gave me their phone number and website URL.
I've checked out the website. I can apply either on-line or over the phone. I'll probably do it on-line to prevent being overheard (cubica suck). I need some information from papers I have at home first. So, that's on the agenda for tomorrow.
I'm not terribly hopeful. My old undergraduate loans officially have the status of "default" even though I've been making payments for years, and my credit history in general sucks.
So if this doesn't pan out, it's off to the English department, to discuss the possiblity of a nice English/Classics interdisciplinary master's.