How to fix my college blunder
June 14, 2014 5:17 PM Subscribe
I was doing a degree program and I had some mental health problems and dropped the ball big time. How do I recover?
From 2007-2009 I was doing an online degree completion program at the University of Illinois at Springfield. In 2009 things were bad. I lost my job and my friends, made some stupid decisions, and ended up in the hospital because I was suicidal. By the time the Fall semester rolled around I was in a very bad spot with my mental health. I tried to be optimistic by registering for classes, but I never attended any nor paid my tuition for that semester. I couldn't manage even manage the drop the classes in time. I haven't paid that bill and still owe it (with a ton of extra charges) and I haven't taken a class since then.
After many more years of bad mental health, I've finally gotten to a point this year where I feel decent in the mental health department and I want to finish my degree (I was a senior). I want to explain my situation to someone, but I don't know who. My goal is to have my tuition for the semester I didn't attend classes to be forgiven and to be able to register for this Fall. I received Fs for the classes I never attended that last semester, which I'd like removed from my transcript as well. Who would be the right contact(s) at a university for this? Do you think this is a reasonable request? Any other advice related to this is appreciated.
Other info that may be important: If I log into their system, I have good academic standing, but I have a hold on my account due to collections. It also says I'm still part of the program I was accepted into.