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Going back to school (sort of)

I registered for financial aid through my old private school, Carrington College, but wanted to find out if the community colleges I used to go to would still accept all my old credits from 10 years ago.  So I didn’t automatically sign on for the Associate’s Degree from Carrington.  Even though I did earn a certificate from them in Medical Billing and Coding.  I got straight A’s.

Turns out the community colleges will accept all my credits but Carrington only accepts some of them.  However, they do accept my credits from Medical Billing and Coding whereas the community colleges do not.

Anyway, it was a lot cheaper to sign up for a semester at Mesa Community College than all the money Carrington was requiring up front to pay for the Associate’s Degree.

I decided I wanted to get an Associate’s Degree in Business from Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

But my previous failed classes and withdrawls from when I was a dumb kid 10 years ago are flagging my financial aid.  I have to appeal in writing and by submitting an application to get them to accept my financial aid award that Carrington was willing to accept in a multiplied amount.  I have nothing but A’s with the private school.  I think it’s because I’m Republican.

So, unfortunately, I’m not technically going back to school.

But there’s always Institute classes which are free!  The problem is that it is geared for singles of ages 18-30.  I’m an older single of 31 years.  So I have to get a bishop’s letter to be able to apply.  Had I been accepted to MCC I would’ve been automatically eligible.  But my financial aid woes require this supplication to my priesthood leader.

Even if I don’t get the letter by next week, when registration for Institute closes, I will still have a chance to talk to the principal of the school to explain why I would like to take classes there.

For those who don’t know, Institute is a religious school that the Mormons put next to a college.  It’s like seminary but for those who have already graduated from high school.  Seminary is a religious school put next to high schools.  I think this is a good fruit of the LDS Church.  It shows how much they value religious education.  What other church does that?

Most of the classes cover a half or more of a book of Scripture.  I want to study The Book of Acts onward in the New Testament, the first half of the Book of Mormon, and the second half of the Doctrine and Covenants.  This would be 3 classes, though.  And I’m not even sure if they’re going to let me take even one class.

But if they do, I will sort of be going back to school.  Religious school that is.  Church-operated education.  Allowed to thrive in a free state.  Though not providing education of the state as opposed to the church.


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