Thursday, March 27, 2008

You won't believe this. I don't believe it, but it's true

So, my son Kevin is applying to colleges.

He filled out this federal form for financial aid. We live in North Carolina, and said so on the form.

So....we just got this letter, from the state of "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."

That's pretty small so let me summarize.

1. The state of RI & PP takes it upon itself to file EVERY application for federal aid as an application for aid in the state of RI.
2. Then, they send out letters to everyone NOT from RI, telling them that they were turned down for aid.
3. The reason is that....YOU DON'T LIVE IN RI & PP!

This was an actual letter, sent in an envelope, with a stamp. Rhode Island turned us down for aid we didn't apply for, based on a residence that we never claimed, for a set of colleges my son didn't even apply to.

Your government, at work.


Shawn said... least the decision wasn't delayed, then they'd have had to send you a letter telling you that your decision letter would be coming in the mail...later.

Dirty Davey said...

Not "my" government--I don't live in Rhode Island.

br said...

By contributing to economies of scale at the USPS, RI could actually be keeping postage costs down for the rest of us. It's kind of like a subsidy. Of course the overuse of paper and stamps, could drive up the price of lumber and horse hoofs.

Anonymous said...

At least they did not send your child a check to cover college expenses.