College Education and Financial Aid
Monday, October 20, 2008 1:13:32 AM
Dear Mayor Nutter,
I'm writing this to you today seeking help in this matter of importance.
On March 14th of this year I was released from prison after a nine year stay. Not long after I applied to Strayer University and was accepted. Or should I say, "I was pushed through to attend". I began the summer semester "before" my financial aide was ever approved. This is where my problem lies.
When I questioned beginning classes before my financial aide was accepted, Strayer told me "not to worry about it". They assured me that their students rarely get denied.
Two weeks later my package was "denied" because I didn't register for Selective Service! Strayer told me that I had to contact Selective Service and have them send me an exemption number. Once Strayer received the exemption number they told me that I could finish the process and I did.
Not long after words Strayer informed me that my package had been denied “again” for the same reason.
At this time I told them that I wanted to stop going to class because I could not afford to pay for classes out of pocket. They firmly told me that if I dropped the classes that I would be liable for more than the amount that I owed and that it would be better for me if I stayed in class.
They also assured me that this would be no problem and that they would be working on my case, but for me to continue going to class.
Month after month my wife and I kept in close contact with Strayer to resolve this issue. Finally I received a letter from Selective Service stating, with a case log number, that no one was to be exempt from any State or Federal benefits because they did not register. The letter also states that they (Selective Service) "was Not responsible for informing individuals of there obligation to register" and that no one can register for Selective Service after the age of 25.
Question 1: If no one is responsible for informing the public at large that they are suppose to register, how will anyone know that they must?
Question 2: If no one is suppose to be exempt from any State or Federal benefits why am I being denied a higher education because I did not register?
The people from FAFSA called me themselves and told me that it was not them that was holding me back, that it was the school that's denying me. FAFSA said that they were only waiting on Strayer to approve my package and they would release the funds.
Selective Service said, in the letter that they sent me, that I should use the letter as a reference for who ever I'm seeking consideration from. I did this! I gave a copy of letter to Strayer to give to their corporate officer to justify approving my package. Strayer corporate denied me. Their reason, I didn’t register for Selective Service!
Now I am forced to pay the more than 3,000 that they charged me for the two classes that I took for the one semester that I was there.
The help that I'm seeking is three fold:
1. Help paying the 3,000 that Strayer says that I owe them.
2. Help with my Selective Service registration exemption letter.
3. Help paying for my college education as I don't make enough to pay for it myself.
Anything that you could do to help me in this situation would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your help,
Now what do I do?