Monday, June 25, 2007

Caught in an Academic Limbo

I want to tell you about a situation my friend is in. He just graduated from his undergrad at University 1. He’s starting another degree at University 2 and he’s taking one summer course at University 3. He’s started a new job recently, but won’t get paid until he’s worked for four weeks.

Pay day is July 6th but his rent is due July 1st. Having not been employed since February (part time while in school) he has been hurting for money, but managing to get by using his line of credit. Unfortunately, he has maxed out his line of credit and credit card and is unable to pay his rent next week.

Where does he turn to get an emergency loan for the six days until pay day?

He tries University 2 first; they said he is not considered a student until September. He can’t get a hold of university 3’s financial aid office after trying three times. So he tries University 1 (to whom he has paid over $20,000 in the past four years). University 1 tells him that his only option is social services.

Talk about being caught in an academic limbo.

What is this poor guy to do?


Blogger Roy Eappen said...

Perhaps he can talk to the landlord and defer rent for 6 days?

Mon Jun 25, 12:55:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"University 1 tells him that his only option is social services."

What's the problem with using social services? Pride? Ethics?

Mon Jun 25, 02:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Joan Tintor said...

Tell the landlord his situation and that he'll give him the rent cheque after he gets paid.

They are unlikely to take any steps to evict in so soon after the missed payment anyway (that costs them time and trouble), and they will appreciate being told what the deal is.

Mon Jun 25, 04:15:00 PM EDT  
Blogger BBS said...

Check with Social Services in the city where he's living. The Province funds rental banks in various cities for these types of situations.

Mon Jun 25, 06:32:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Social Services. That's what it's there for. You pay in when you pay taxes, so you have somewhere to go when you need it.

False pride might take him to the street, but that wouldn't be too bright of him.

Mon Jun 25, 07:18:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous mac said...

Too much learnin' not enough workin' makes Jack a poor boy. I hope that the landlord would be understanding.

Mon Jun 25, 09:33:00 PM EDT  

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