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User Info We Can't Do Anything About.....; entered at 2017-08-05 10:24:14
Posts: 26
Registered: 2015-02-17 Tuscaloosa, Alabama
FAFSA would be torn up,

About 8 years or so ago (before I found Karl's blog) I decided to go back and get my master's degree (20 years after getting my BS degree). During the registration process I had the following conversation (paraphrased):

Rep: We need you to fill out this FAFSA form for us.
Me: What's that?
Rep: It's a form that will help make loans and grants available to you to lower your tuition cost.
Me: I'll pay cash. I'll send a check each month.
Rep: Well, we still need you to fill this out...
Me: Why? I don't want a loan. I'm paying cash.
Rep: It will help you get a loans and grants so your degree costs won't be that high.
Me: I'll not qualify for a grant and I don't need a loan. I'm paying cash. Is it mandatory?
Rep: Well, no. But without it you can't get a loan or grant to reduce your cost.
Me: I'll pay cash...

During his attempts to get me to fill out the FAFSA I kept getting a "unethical, slimy used car salesman" feeling for some reason so I kept refusing to fill it out. He finally moved on, the college got a monthly check, and I got my masters degree. But for years I always wondered why they really, really wanted me to fill out a FAFSA form. After finding Karl's blog and reading his posts on the subject I'm glad I listened to my internal alarms...
2017-08-05 10:24:14