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I still owe my old college (University of Bridgeport) money, about $9500 that wasn't covered by my financial aid package for last spring. I planned to pay it with a private loan, but for some reason(rough economy I guess) this year's loan wasn't approved. Because of that I was unable to register for the fall semester, and they put a hold on my transcripts and won't release them unless I pay the amount in full. I really had no choice but to take the summer semester off and try to get a job; which is what I'm trying to do now.
I realize that it was my fault for going to such an expensive school. The cost there is about 40k a year or more with other expenses, and my financial aid only covers about half of that. So right now I'm looking to transfer to a school that costs much less, while at the same time trying to find a way to pay back my other school. I need to get into another school by this fall or all my loans begin repayment, and I really can't afford that. Problem is...deadlines are coming quick, and they won't release my transcripts.
I talked to a counselor in my admissions office, who wasn't too helpful on this, but said that "they've seen this before" and that I should just explain my situation to the admissions office of the school I'm applying to. Maybe they will understand my problem and admit me without a transcript, and when the balance is paid I can just have it sent to them...
What I'd like to know is: is this possible? Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before. Is there any way for me to get into another school and have the transcript sent to them later? Or can I just apply as a freshman and transfer credits later on?
I know I made a mistake going to an expensive school, and you can say I screwed up, but I'm trying to look past that and get this figured out. I've been through a lot of hardship, and much of it I brought upon myself. Stress, maybe depression--from issues at home and this financial pickle, a problem I've been aware of for a while, also helped my grades to go down last semester, which happens to be my first as a sophomore. I'm not complaining about down form a A to a B, I mean from pass to fail. I was taking 5 classes, I dropped 2, and lost track of everything. I set 2 alarms and still managed to miss 2 of the early morning finals, and the third class I believe I passed but not so sure. I may have completely failed the semester, but I'll never really know because the transcript hold. It sounds bad I know, but to add to my problems my gpa probably fell to 2.0 or below.
Have I managed to break the limit, set a record for the biggest failure, or does someone share my experience? I'd appreciate any advice, even if it means really bad news. I've got to come up with something quick before the before this August and it's too late, and I'm sure that there is a lot that I hadn't thought of. Enlighten me. Thanks!