Brown Mackie College - Pregnant

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Review by bit_meman on 2012-12-19
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CINCINNATI, OHIO -- I have been attending Brown Mackie College for almost two years now. I am more than half way through the program and my grades are very good. I am due to have my baby in the middle of Feb in 2013. I was planning on taking maternity leave but when I talked to finanical aid about it, they said that I would owe the school $1500.00. Only because they already gotten all my finanical aid for three months. And that taking off in Feb. would be in the middle of the term for me. I would have to pay the $1500.00 before returning.

BMC also told me that I should try and work through having my baby and still attending school. YES! THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID. and then told me that I can only MISS 4 DAYS OF CLASS OR I WOULD BE DROPPED FROM THE PROGRAM. I need help because I feel that maternity leave is a good reason to leave school and it's not like I'm leaving forever. I feel like BMC just doesn't want to return the money to th government. Can somebody please help me?
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-12-20
Posted by Tezrien on 2012-12-20:
You should go all they way up to the Dean and President of this college. If you get no help there contact your state's board of education that oversees it.
Posted by onlooker on 2012-12-20:
You may want to check the rules and regulations for financial aid. A baby might one of accepted 'exceptions' for financial aid - hold, reimbursement etc. But it might not be....The school got money for the whole semester not 1/2 of the semester. Each provider of financial aid has differing rules.
You do not need to just accept the first response, go to dean/President/Board of Ed as noted above.
The final word might still be no.
Posted by At Your Service on 2012-12-20:
I have to echo the same remarks as onlooker. Student practices are not the same as a worker and not necessarily entitled to the same maternity leave.

Whereas your husband and yourself have decided to have a baby while you're attending college, you might rely on him to help care for the baby until you can finish out the term or semester.

Best of luck and let us know how it turns out.

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