Financial Aid

Unless you are wealthy, you will need financial aid for college. But what they don’t tell you is that there is a limit to that money they give and loan to you. You should have taken all the classes you need to graduate by taking about 240 (quarter) credits. The absolute max is 270. (Semester credits add up differently.) If you happen to start in one program while at a community college and something like a health problem makes you change your plans, you’re still have those course credits in your transcript. They are written in stone. There is no removing them.

I have been told by the financial aid office at WOU that my aid has been denied because I have 231 credits. I can’t do the full 270. I can’t complete my degree. Remember the community college credits? I have something like 60 from there that are just dead weight. I can’t do anything with a bunch of classes that I for a new career because I can’t even work now! (Migraines. Who wants to hire someone who will be off work at least two days a week because of headaches?)

I was also a bit stupid. (Migraines had nothing to do with that.) I didn’t file my appeal until a month ago. That was about six weeks after I got the letter of denial of aid. I don’t know what I will do if they deny my appeal. I have no other income. I am working on an application for Social Security Insurance. I already tried Disability insurance (they turned me down) and learned from a lawyer that I should have gone the SSI route anyway. These applications take forever to fill out because they want to know everything, understandable. Then it takes months to hear back from them, but that’s another rant.

Speaking of migraines… Have I done this before? I seem to always have a headache and the pain meds I have hardly work. Well, I do have a headache and I will be logging off in a moment. I am going to see if some of my art will sell on eBay and maybe get some money coming in – maybe.

Oh, one more thing…..



Venting and ramblings

Hello World!

I’ve never done a blog before, so this is all new to me. I will be ┬ádoing a lot of venting at first. I have a lot going on. Nothing like fun activities. Nope. Since I’ve started down that road, I may as well go all the way.

I am 54 years old.

A college student at Western Oregon University.

I have been overweight just about all my life.

My other health problems are: migraine headaches, a heart murmur and a-fib, kneecaps that slip out of place often, depression, allergies to most vegtables and fruits, environmental allergies, bad spelling, and ,,,, I’m sure there’s something else, but I can’t think of it right now.

I was literally born and raised in San Jose, but then there’s not that many people who are familliar with that song these days. (“Do You Know the Way to San Jose”) I lived in San Jose until the fall of 2005 when I moved with my mother to Salem, Oregon. I was sharing a house with her in west San Jose when she chose to retire and move to Oregon where her sister, my aunt, of course, was living. Oregon doesn’t have the earthquakes that California has, but there are four volcanoes that can been seen from Salem on a really clear day. (Most of the time, I usually see only two: Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson)

I don’t know if I will be going to school this fall. I have been denied financial aid because I have too many credits. Most of those credits came from Chemeketa Community College when I tried to get a certificate in Health Information Management. I had to quit that program because of my knees and other problems. But you can’t delete credits. If I could, I would not have a problem at WOU and financial aid. I have appealed, but I have a feeling that they won’t see things my way.

That’s enough for today. I’ll try to remember to get back here tomorrow.

NancyJLynch, Ceramic Artist

Hi and welcome!

On this page you will have a chance to view my artwork and learn a little about me. I have pictures of a few of my ceramic pieces in the gallery and I’ll be adding more when I can.