It's starting to get close to residency time. I received my first tuition bill this morning. I found out that they raised the tuition by about $500 and never sent out any announcement. They just sort of included it on their bill. I mean, if you check the department website and click the link to tuition, there's now an updated tuition breakdown. It's just surprising that they didn't at least send out an email or a letter or something. Maybe I was with the Jesuits for too long if I expect such a thing?
Anyhow, probably more annoying is the fact that the information packet I received with my admissions letter told me that tuition was due at the start of the residency in late June. However, when I received the email stating my bill was in the mail, they mentioned that if you didn't have financial aid, you needed to either pay in full by May 14th or enroll in a payment plan and remit the first installment by then. Fortunately, we have enough money in savings as part of our home emergency fund, so we could borrow from that and then just put it back when Rob gets his bonus on the 15th. Still, it's kind of irksome that they didn't mention anywhere that non-financial aid people were on a different schedule, not even when I spoke to financial aid to let them know I would be paying myself.
Complicating matters is that they sent out the bill before they made all of the housing arrangements. Our housing forms were due on April 8th. There are only four single rooms (the rest are shared) and so I applied for a single room but booked a room at a nearby hotel in the event that it didn't come through. However, they sent out the bill before deciding who would get the four single rooms that happen to be available, so the bill reflects staying in a shared room. It's $155 more if I stay in a single room. However, if I were to stay in the hotel and just got the meal plan, it would be $415 less. I mentioned this to the bursar (well, Katie, as the bursar consists of one person) and she explained they won't have the room assignments until some time next week, so we should just wait on putting together the payment plan until they know about the room assignment and can adjust my bill accordingly.
I have half a mind to just send an email and let her know that I'm going to stick with the room at Doyle's Guest House. After all, even with a single room, I'll have to share a bathroom with an entire floor. Plus, the rooms in Doyle's Guest House all come with a fridge, coffeemaker, microwave and toaster oven. It would be nice to do things like keep milk in the fridge, be able to heat up something to eat on those evenings where I head back after the lectures are done with and so forth. My main hesitation, really, is just that I haven't been walking that much since I developed plantar fasciitis. Really, it's only just over half a mile (0.6) and I can generally go 0.4 before my feet start to really hurt, so it really is no worse than walking to Zanzibar to coffee and back. I mostly worry because I know that when it gets exacerbated, how bad it can get.
I need a scooter.