Today I’m sitting at my house, waiting for an electrician. Electricians are an interesting breed, and apparently schedule in 8 hour blocks. If I told a client “I’ll be there between 8 AM and 4 PM,” they’d fire me. Apparently electricians are in higher demand than consultants. Who knew.
I scheduled the electrician for today because I needed the day off, anyway. I have a Forecasting Theory midterm today, which counts for 40% of my grade for the class. Since I only marginally understand the concepts, I thought I’d better take an entire day to cram. So here I am, goofing off writing an entry. It is November, after all.
After much ado about nothing, I’ve come to find out I won’t be able to finish my degree in May. The school, in its eminent wisdom, had determined that I:
- Make too much money to get a student loan
- Make too little to get a conventional loan
- Can’t pay in-state tuition, because I’m not an illegal immigrant
- Can’t get re-admitted to MSEP (a program I used to be in) which reduced tuition by about $300 per credit hour
So what that means is, if I finish in December 2007 as planned, it will cost a grand total of $3,850 (ten easy payments of $335), of which my company will pay $1,500. If I finish in May 2007… keep in mind it’s 12 credit hours EITHER WAY… it will cost a grand total of $11,550 (five easy payments of $2,310), of which the company will pay $1,500.
Had the school decided to grant me re-admission to MSEP (Missouri Student Exchange Program), which I remind you I USED TO BE IN, the total amount would be $5,760… so the school would make MORE money off me than if they don’t accept me. Duh. You see, if I take 6 hours or less in a semester, they grant in-state tuition… But if I take more than 6, they charge out of state on the entire courseload.
So they are screwing me on graduating early, and they’re screwing themselves out of $2,000. Ah, bureaucracy.
Anyhow, that means I have a stretch to go before I graduate. The upside of this new development is that to graduate in May, I would have had to settle for a single emphasis area, and graduating in December I’ll have a double emphasis… with the same number of hours. So all is not lost.
That’s all I’ve got for today.