I don't normally write journals like this, but according to my Google Analytics, a lot of people from Idaho and the states surrounding visit my page. I'm willing to guess a lot of them are not yet in college or will be very soon. Thus, this is my warning to anyone that may have been considering Idaho State University.
I have recently enrolled and have been excepted into ISU (bad choice on my part), and in the process, not only me, but my sister as well have been ripped off by them. It dates back to Fall Semester 2012 when my sister was very close to starting her classes. She had paid off all her fees and tuition, and it was about a week or so before classes actually started. My sister checked her BengelWeb (their lousy excuse for a "student database"), and found a random $500 fee. There was no explanation for it or for where it really came from other than "You owe us $500, and if you do not get it paid within the next week, you will be dropped from all your classes."
We are a poor family. She got in by the skin of her teeth via scholarships and grants. Now, we have one week to come up with $500. Otherwise, no college. One week also is not enough time to apply for student loans. So you wanna know what happened?
My sister did not get to go to college. There was no way to pay that fee. Instead, she waited two years to apply with me.
That takes me to the beginning of my senior year of high school. I made the mistake of signing up for ISU's dual enrollment credits. My first trimester, I was in English 1101 and Anatomy and Physiology. I paid for English 1101, got a refund for Anat and Phys since we needed the money. That was pretty okay (although they took their sweet ass time with the refund). Then second trimester rolls along, and I'm in English 1110.
I only took the high school credit. I never enrolled for the college credit. Never once. I knew I wouldn't have the money, so I didn't bother. I passed the class. I enrolled in ISU to be an actual student for next year. I was sure things were fine until today.
I'm in Communication 1101, and we were told to enroll in the class today. I had no intentions of enrolling, so I just played along and "pretended" to. I went to add a class in my BengelWeb. That's when I found a Financial Hold on my account. I was confused. I looked into it and found out what a Financial Hold is.
Pretty much, they will not let me enroll in any classes until I pay this hold off. I figured that it was probably just some miscalculation with the application fee, so I looked at my balance. According to my balance, I owe them $195.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? It's the money that I owed for English 1110. THE CLASS I NEVER ENROLLED IN. I was pissed about it all day. So, I got home, showed this asinine hold to my sister, and we call ISU's help desk to get it lifted. I was not about to pay for credits I never got.
"You have to pay for it before registering for classes next month. Also, you shouldn't have enrolled in the class."
I apologize, but that is NOT the attitude you should give to a future student. "You really shouldn't have enrolled in the class." I DIDN'T. Why do I have to pay for THEIR mistake? If it weren't for the fact that application deadlines and the distance, I would apply to another school and say fuck it to ISU. I'm trapped, though. We have to pay approximately $200 to these asswipes by next month.
Let this be a warning. Do NOT apply to ISU. There are other colleges in Idaho. Try Boise State University or College of Southern Idaho. Those are probably much better choices. However, the staff at ISU are rude, miserly dipshits. They have no concern for your future. They just want your money. I realize that this is how all colleges are, but ISU is willing to fuck over not only their own students, but high school kids as well.
I'm done bitching. Have a nice day.