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Snapshot: Aid for Student Aid

After now getting my fee deferral extended twice, going without a computer, taking on extra jobs to buy school supplies, saying no to outings with friends, and having to ask family for food, I have been assured that my loan will be deposited sometime in the next week. By this point, I have lost all faith in Student Aid BC’s ability to assist people with disabilities in achieving post-secondary education.

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It is the middle of October and I am still waiting for my student loan, the one I applied for in June. I have called consistently for months and got various reasons to what was holding up the application. I was told at first that since I indicated I had a permanent disability, extra forms needed to be filled out by my doctor. Three sets of forms later, I was starting to get annoyed. Then the excuse when I called was that there was a flood of other applications and it would take time to process them all. A month later they were still processing and I was told that calling would not speed up the process. This caused me to feel extremely anxious and frustrated as I was starting school and had no way of paying tuition.

This week I was finally told that there was an error on their end and they would fix it. After now getting my fee deferral extended twice, going without a computer, taking on extra jobs to buy school supplies, saying no to outings with friends, and having to ask family for food, I have been assured that my loan will be deposited sometime in the next week. By this point, I have lost all faith in Student Aid BC’s ability to assist people with disabilities in achieving post-secondary education.

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