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I wasn’t sure what to do.

Giovanni talks about getting financial aid advice at his community college.
I wasn’t sure what to do.
I wasn’t sure what to do.
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The process? The process was pretty overwhelming. It was just overwhelming because I wasn’t exactly sure what to do or how to go about the situation. I knew the majority – the primary things I needed to know in order to apply for my loan: I knew I had to go to financial aid. I knew I had to get a form. And then, after that, really I just went and talked to my counselors. Had them kind of put me in the right direction, of exactly what I needed to put down on the form, and who I needed to turn it in to, and how I know if I get approved or when I get approved. All of that good stuff. And how I redeem my money. And finally I got the process going after awhile, and I got everything in order. And I got the money on my community college card, and paid for my classes, and got my books and everything that I needed to get. And I had a good semester!

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Everything was in fine print.

Ashlee describes her feelings about applying for aid and paying back college loans.
Everything was in fine print.
Everything was in fine print.
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It was mind boggling at first because it’s like, you know, everything’s in fine print and so, it’s like, I have to really read everything. I’m just like “Oh, my gosh! I didn’t know it was going to be like this.” You know, I thought it was: apply for financial aid, you get your loan, and you’re good! Now I think about it and it’s just like, man, college has been a very wondrous experience, but somewhere down the line you have to start giving back from what you borrowed. And yet, I think that’s something I’m always aware of. When you start paying back you have to look at it more so like a donation, kind of like giving back to the school that helped you create this life for you.

 

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