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30,000 » Could sure use that 30 grand now...

I transferred Towson as a sophomore in the Fall of 2000. I attended The Ohio State University for my freshman year and, after frustration and disappointment, decided to return to Maryland to continue my studies at Towson. Despite being a Maryland resident and a very strong student, I was denied any and all merit-based financial aid on account of transferring from another four-year instit ...

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30,000 » Could sure use that 30 grand now...

I transferred Towson as a sophomore in the Fall of 2000. I attended The Ohio State University for my freshman year and, after frustration and disappointment, decided to return to Maryland to continue my studies at Towson. Despite being a Maryland resident and a very strong student, I was denied any and all merit-based financial aid on account of transferring from another four-year institution. The Financial Aid Office informed me that, since I was transferring from another four-year school, offering me merit-based aid would look like they were "luring [me] away." Had I applied to Towson as a freshman, I likely would've received a full ride to attend. 30,000 is the number of dollars I owed in principal to the US government in student loans upon graduating from Towson. Although I have been satisfied for the most part with my experience at Towson, my struggles with financial aid there frustrated me a great deal. Nearly ten years later, I am underemployed and my spouse has been unemployed for nearly eight months. My loans are long paid off but it sure would've been nice to keep that money for tough times like these. If I ever somehow strike it rich, I intend to endow TU with a merit scholarship specifically for transfer students from other four-year schools. Nobody should be penalized like that for simply changing their minds.

David Tyberg | Graduated 2003

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 10-22-12

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