Passing my 150% attempted credit mark
My financial aid office is, literally, impossible to get a hold of via phone or email, for the time being.
I am on a dual degree program. A change/correction in my attempted credit hours has resulted in my transcript now showing a fair amount more attempted credits than before. Calculating my degree program, I will have 197 attempted credits when I graduate. That's 17 more than the 180 cut off for the regulations about not surpassing 150% of my degree program.
This change and realization is putting me in a dilemma: do I drop my second, dual major, which I'm already progressing through? I was under the impression that, at best, I may get an appeal granted for aid for only one semester, and ONLY if I am to graduate that semester. But talking to a former director of aid at my school (the only knowledgeable person I could get on the phone) he said he felt sure I would have appeals approved so long as I was making good progress. That sentiment, however, is from someone who is no longer employed in that department, and I understand these regulations on the 150% to be more strictly enforced over the last year or so--after this gentleman left the office. But he felt certain the Financial Aid department has discretion about this.
So, does my Financial Aid department have the ability, by law, to make a decision about my attending, say, two semesters beyond my 150% mark? Or are there hands tied by very specific federal regulations? My second major is Addiction Studies (my first is Psychology, and I've made much more progress on the first). It is dear to my heart, and it would pain me to walk away from it at this point, but I'm about to take more coursework toward that end, here in another week. If I need to drop it, I need to do so before I waste even more attempted credits.
Does anyone have professional experience with this matter? Any specific advice/insight?