By Michael Adme
Students were not informed that classes they buy in the college’s “Buy One, Get One Free” deal will be paid with their financial aid for the fall 2015 semester.
The reaction of students on campus was pure outrage.
Andie Dieudonne is a sophomore at CSI who was shocked by the price she has to pay if she takes the college deal.
“I thought summer classes are supposed to be free,” Dieudonne said. “The last time I had a summer class was math and it was free.”
Joann Pigenato works for the Financial Aid office in in building 2A, encouraging students to take summer courses if they want to speed up getting their undergraduate degree.
“I would take advantage of this price while it’s around,” Pigenato said. “But you will be held responsible if you drop the course.”
Dieudonne continued to explain how misleading the flyers are without notifying the students who are eligible for Pell grants that a chunk of the financial aid used in the summer will be missing for the fall.
“Have a free summer class,” Dieudonne said. “Don’t be trying to take people’s money.”
Those who are eligible to take the summer course are students enrolled in the spring semester with a GPA of at least 2.0.
However, graduates, full-scholarship stipend, paraprofessional, re-admit, transfer, fall 2015 freshmen, and visiting students are denied access.
In addition, the tuition for classes increases depending on the amount of credits the course offers.
The recent hikes has Senior Elaine Cortez believing that the college is putting a price on every resource it offers students, and is in disbelief at the summer offer.
“It’s too good to be true,” Cortez said. “I got a postcard about it and instantly thought it was a scam.”
Cortez added that the deal is making it difficult for her to either bring her closer to getting her Dramatic Arts degree or risking her financial aid for the upcoming fall 2015 semester.
Although the college offers a bargain, there is a process to undergo before a class can get waivered.
Students must first submit the “Summer Course Tuition Waiver” to the Center for Advising and Academic Success and wait for an unknown period of time while it gets processed before they can figure out whether or not they can take the classes.
Despite tuition cost, the Financial Aid office has provided payment methods that could still put students in debt.
“I hope this is worth it,” Dieudonne said. “My degree is important.”