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so utsa decided that they are no longer going to mail bills out anymore, it is now mandatory that we pay w/ credit cards online. however, if you pay with a credit card, you must pay an extra 2% service charge :mad

wtf is that bullshit...my tuition was an extra $200, not to mention the $400 hike we already got stuck with.

what a kick in the balls....i hate college :mad
 

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:eek :eek that's friggin' crap!!! :shake
 

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I feel your pain... Everything for us is online (which hardly works), over the phone (which is always busy), or your have to stand in a mile long line to get it paid... Not to mention WMU just built a new engineering school for us so we're paying extra on our tuition, plus the hike, plus surcharges on each engineering class I take. I also just spent $500 on books (not supplies) today (and I still don't have all of them) and all of which are new because every professor I have this winter semester changed books. I'm just glad I'm not going to any of the big ten schools or such. :shrug Did I mention that I had to pay out $300 dollars for a parking sticker and I can't even park at the main campus, I can only park at the engineering building? :(
 

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UT Austin charges a surcharge now also if you use a CC, and they changed to only MasterCard and Discover. So now I just wait in line and pay by check.
 

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I think that's a bunch of crap as well, but I'll bet if you go to the financial office, you can still pay by check/cash/etc. They legally can not refuse greenbacks for a debt. "Legal tender for all debts public and private" I beleve there are rules premitting someone to refuse change, but a stack of hundred dollar bills is always acceptable.
 

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What if you don't have a freaking credit card? Like lots of young students? Not everyone's mommy and daddy pay for their education, and even if a student has a CC, chances are the limit is not going to be big enough for a freakin semester's worth of tuition!


PURE CRAP!
 

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What if you don't have a freaking credit card? Like lots of young students? Not everyone's mommy and daddy pay for their education, and even if a student has a CC, chances are the limit is not going to be big enough for a freakin semester's worth of tuition!


PURE CRAP!
while I agree it's crap to require credit cards but almost all banks have check cards now that anyone can get.
 

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Debs said:
What if you don't have a freaking credit card? Like lots of young students? Not everyone's mommy and daddy pay for their education, and even if a student has a CC, chances are the limit is not going to be big enough for a freakin semester's worth of tuition!


PURE CRAP!
Speaking of which, if you don't pay it off the first month, you start paying interest on the outstanding balance of the CC. Granted, you might be able to charge the tuition in installments, there are gonna be a lot of kids out there that don't pay the the balance on the CC. I know a lot of people come out of school with a CC debt but this is just inviting even MORE kids to get in a bad financial situation with bad credit before they are even done with school.
 

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That is crap. It seems that all of the schools are finding new and intresting ways to get your cash.

The only CC I have is a secured Visa with a $300 limit that I use for gas. There is no way I could fit tuition or even half of the books on that. I have a bank checkcard, but would not give them the 2% for any thing.

I'll bet that they will still take a check/cash if you go in.
 

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Check with the state. Some states have laws against passing the CC charge onto the customer. It's suspicious that they make you pay a certain way but then require you to pay an extra charge.

The state might order the school to allow X days to go and pay the bill in person after registration.
 

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I was the "poor" college student. There was no way I could have put any tuition on my credit card, or even a debit card. And forget books. I learned after the first year to only buy books that I would absolutely positively need and I still shelled out about $200 bucks for books. And don't even get me started on asshole teachers who make you buy the books that they have written.:rant :rant :rant :rant College is a scam. Just hope I can afford to finish it before the tuitions skyrocket out of reach.
 

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Corey said:
I learned after the first year to only buy books that I would absolutely positively need and I still shelled out about $200 bucks for books.
I just figured that one out myself. Sure wish I'd known it before. I have about $700 in books that I never used but can't sell because they switched after the semester.
 

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i just take out student loans and they just send the check to the school. makes it easy. they just deregulated tuition in TX so our tuition was hiked over 30% from fall to spring at the glorious institution of Texas Tech Univ. glad i graduate in may
 
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