It's officially more official!

So, I registered for my first two grad school classes yesterday. I'll be taking Principles of Management and Reference/Information Services (two of the five required courses that are pre-requisites for anything else). You can read the course descriptions here, if you are so inclined.

This brought me to an interesting point in the process. Once registered, I started looking around online to see if I could find any information about when tuition bills are due. I had assumed that they would either bill new grad students after classes started, or that they would bill new grad students as they registered, and you would have some set amount of time to pay it (30 days or whatever).

I couldn't find anything that made sense, so I e-mailed student accounts to find out the details. Turns out that, despite the fact that I enrolled on 8/4, got information about registering on 8/11 and registered on 8/16, my tuition payment was still due on 8/15. This was not noted in any of the literature I got at any point from the moment I opened my acceptance package. The student accounts rep. who answered my e-mail told me that they would send me a bill "as soon as they could" and that I should remit full payment "by 8/25 at the latest."

I'm sorry, but I'm not paying anything until I get a bill, and you'd better believe that I will contest any late charges you apply to my bill, which will be dated AFTER the supposed due date, particularly given that I wasn't provided with any information regarding the fact that my tuition payment was due on 8/15 until 8/16, and then only because I took the initiative to e-mail them.

What makes it more interesting is the fact that my financial aid award needs to be adjusted. I applied for aid for 12 credits, but am only taking 6. In addition, I am waiting to hear back on the fellowship. On 8/4, financial aid told me that they were too busy sending out new aid packages to start adjusting award packages. They told me I could either submit a letter indicating my change in status, or they would "get to it" after I registered for classes and the discrepancy became evident. Either way I got the distinct impression that nothing would happen soon. Given that the fellowship will also cover 3 credits of tuition, I figured I would try to deal with this again once I know whether or not I have it.

So, as far as I can tell, I will get a bill for health insurance, two classes, and a semester's worth of random fees, minus my current financial aid award, which I think will cover what's due with some left over. Once I "pay" that bill, at some point in the future they will adjust the financial aid, and presumably at that point I will have to actually pay whatever the difference turns out to be.

This seems like a less than efficient way of doing things, and I would not be surprised if there was a totally different due date on my tuition bill when I have it in hand. I think I will just sit back and see what happens, then talk to someone at GSLIS once I have a bill and know about the fellowship. Maybe I talked to the wrong people at financial aid and student accounts.

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