<p>I've been wondering about this issue for some time, and I thought the good folks here might be able to give some guidance.
If you would like to skip the long-winded backstory, the questions are in paragraph five, though I feel it might give a better perspective on the questions.</p>
<p>The backstory: I had a 3.9 GPA graduating high school, along with as many AP and honors classes on my transcript as my high school offered, and a 28 on the ACT (so pretty decent high school track record); I started classes at a public university here the following fall semester and had financial aid from the FAFSA, HOPE scholarship, and a tiny scholarship from the university.</p>
<p>I made straight As in all my classes at university the first semester, and started on that path the second semester, but then things got shaken up. I realized I was not going to have enough money to pay my rent after February. (Please note: This was the closest university to where I lived and was still over an hour away, so living at home was not a feasible option, and the apartment I had was cheaper than what I would have been paying for a dorm.) Couple that with the fact that both of my parents were in a car crash and hospitalized the same month, and I wasn't in a place to really be able to focus on school at that point.</p>
<p>Whether or not it was the best decision, I moved back to my hometown mid semester, got a retail job full-time, using part of it to finish out my lease on the apartment to avoid legal issues, and the rest to help my parents keep up their bills while they were in the hospital and then recovering. As a result, my grades plummeted and I lost both the scholarships I've had.</p>
<p>So here it is two years later, and I'm finally ready to go back to university. My questions are these:
1) As someone who has previously attended two semesters of university and is returning a couple of years later, am I able to retake the ACT?
2) If 'Yes' to #1, will an improved score on the ACT allow me to receive new scholarships and/or regain lost scholarships? (I have continued to learn and study as though I never left university while I have been back home, so I have no doubt I wouldn't do significantly better on the test now.)
3) Would there be any specific reasons to take or NOT take the ACT again at this point?
4) Are there any major financial aid issues that will come up returning to school in my situation?</p>
<p>I will appreciate any and all thoughts and help on these issues, and additionally, if anyone has been in a similar situation, I would appreciate any of your general guidance on the matter as well.</p>