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Old 02-28-2019, 02:56 PM   #1
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Just when I thought I saw it all !!!!!!!

My son took an internship at Northrop Grumman. It lasts from Jan until August. So he is taking the spring semester off.

So he (well I) had to pay nearly $650 so he could NOT take classes that one semester and stay enrolled in the aerospace program.

What a heck of a way to tell kids to get a job and save money for school. Start them off taking their first check or two.

I call BS10

Rant over.
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Old 02-28-2019, 02:58 PM   #2
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After you're done calling BS10 don't forget to send them the check
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:00 PM   #3
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Interesting. What University is he attending? My son is going to A&M and he is also doing his internship right now (from December - August) so he isnt taking any other classes this spring, but I havent seen anything yet showing I have to pay to keep him enrolled in school.
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:03 PM   #4
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Count your blessings your unexpected expense is only $650.00
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:05 PM   #5
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An internship was a requirement for my degree, and I had to enroll in an internship “class”.

This allowed the university to still charge me for the bus system, rec center, etc. despite me being 300+ miles away and not using those services.
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:06 PM   #6
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LOL Thanks for the support

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Interesting. What University is he attending? My son is going to A&M and he is also doing his internship right now (from December - August) so he isnt taking any other classes this spring, but I havent seen anything yet showing I have to pay to keep him enrolled in school.
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The wife paid it. I'll try to see how. where, when the charge came up. Maybe your wife hid it from you also LOL
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Count your blessings your unexpected expense is only $650.00
THIS unexpected expense. There's been many many more..trust me. Most of them are just BS7-9's This one takes the cake...At least so far
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:09 PM   #7
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I'm well aware of the "unexpected" expenses. I've already put one through and on my second one. That's why I said count your blessings it's only $650.00.
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:10 PM   #8
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Interesting. What University is he attending? My son is going to A&M and he is also doing his internship right now (from December - August) so he isnt taking any other classes this spring, but I havent seen anything yet showing I have to pay to keep him enrolled in school.
What degree is he going for? When I was getting my construction science degree from A&M the internship was a class so there were still some cost associated.
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:13 PM   #9
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Yep, if you are getting college credit, better believe you are going to pay for it.

If no class credit, then i would call BS11!
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:18 PM   #10
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That sucks....I have to pay to go to the hospital for clinicals for part of my school and work for free for a 12 hr shift every week. Mind you this is the same exact work the hospitals pay me to do when in there as a nurse and not as a student...that really sucks lol oh yeah then I get to complete written assignments about it. Theyyl get their money for sure.

If it helps we have to do the same thing for daycare lol. If we don't pay a chunk over summer when he's not there they give his spot away

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Old 02-28-2019, 03:22 PM   #11
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Yep, if you are getting college credit, better believe you are going to pay for it.

If no class credit, then i would call BS11!
He just texted me and said he had to sign up for 1 co-op credit. Basically it keeps him registered as a full time student. For some majors you can combine 2 of these credits to receive a tech credit but that doesn't apply to his major.

So maybe BS10.5
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:24 PM   #12
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What degree is he going for? When I was getting my construction science degree from A&M the internship was a class so there were still some cost associated.
My kid is COSI too. The internship is part of the degree plan, so there is no "extra fee" to stay enrolled.

**Guess I may have misread the OP's post and the "extra fee" part. I knew the semester would not be free, since we are paying for the internship course and any extra fees associated.**

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Old 02-28-2019, 03:37 PM   #13
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I tried not to get too worked about it when I learned of this. My son's degree plan required either getting an internship or taking another class in it's place. My son found a job with no help from the school and then we got to pay tuition for a class he didn't take. It is what it is.
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:42 PM   #14
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My kid is COSI too. The internship is part of the degree plan, so there is no "extra fee" to stay enrolled .
There’s no fee to stay enrolled because he is already enrolled in the internship. There’s cost associated with it still. My intern just confirmed it.

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Old 02-28-2019, 03:56 PM   #15
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The wife paid it. I'll try to see how. where, when the charge came up. Maybe your wife hid it from you also LOL


THIS unexpected expense. There's been many many more..trust me. Most of them are just BS7-9's This one takes the cake...At least so far
While I was at A&M in CE college I had the exact same thing. It was part of their co-op program for which you get a 1 credit hour and you had to complete a report of your experience and get it approved by the employer.
As I was paying for college I opted out, but had to re-enroll the following semester.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:22 PM   #16
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It's not free because there is still a professor he will report into monthly or even weekly. I remember I had to report in weekly with a write up on what I had learned/accomplished in the prior week. Who I worked with (title and name) lot's of BS. Someone had to pay that professor's salary so yeah, there's an internship class and it's not free.

I don't agree with it by the way but still, at least it's explainable.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:49 PM   #17
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people that work at colleges gotta eat too!!
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Old 02-28-2019, 06:48 PM   #18
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Also, he can give you log in access to the TAMU portal for parents and you can review all the charges and download any tax forms for 529 tax info. I log in and can all this. No its not using his log in, its mine but to his parent account. If this helps you understand all the fees etc.
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:07 PM   #19
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That charge the Internship fee at LU also
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:19 PM   #20
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Just when I thought I saw it all !!!!!!!

My son took an internship at Northrop Grumman. It lasts from Jan until August. So he is taking the spring semester off.

So he (well I) had to pay nearly $650 so he could NOT take classes that one semester and stay enrolled in the aerospace program.

What a heck of a way to tell kids to get a job and save money for school. Start them off taking their first check or two.

I call BS10

Rant over.

*** over!

I've about had it with these colleges. Yea, the Leg goes in and does what it can to demand tuition stay reasonable, but they don't seem to do anything to keep the misc. BS fees in check.

I've had 2 raises in the last 10 years. Some folks don't get a raise at all.

When do we put these institutions in check?
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:24 PM   #21
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I work for a DoD Contractor much like Northrop. Why not have him pay the $$$ since the internship is a well paid internship? Just wondering?
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:28 PM   #22
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When I go on my COSC internship next semester I’ll still have to pay the regular tuition since I’ll still be a “full time” student at A&M despite not taking any classes other than the internship.
I realize I’ll still have a professor giving me assignments but it still seems like a ripoff.


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Old 02-28-2019, 07:54 PM   #23
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I work for a DoD Contractor much like Northrop. Why not have him pay the $$$ since the internship is a well paid internship? Just wondering?
It's the same if he pays or I pay. The money in his college fund will run out either way.
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:04 PM   #24
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Yep, I have one in college now and another one starting this fall. That's why I work all of the time! It's a good cause though.
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:31 PM   #25
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This reminds me of my daughter's summer internship when in A&M's May's Business School. I don't think there was a fee associated, but let me tell you what was associated.

A $2000/mo apartment (because my wife's baby wasn't staying in an unsecured dump alone.
Renting furniture (because it didn't make sense to move her twice in two months)
Utilities
Secured underground parking spot (because the city is dangerous)
Eating out every night (because "it's hard to cook for just one")
Parking ticket (because she's never lived in a city)




She made $12/hr, 40hr/wk, for 8 weeks....she was a business major.
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:39 PM   #26
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Is he getting course credit for the internship? Even if he's only earning 1 hour, there will be a fee.

As far as Grand Passage's comment - you should be able to get waivers for those fees - bus, computer fee, etc.
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Old 03-09-2019, 12:43 PM   #27
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Is he getting course credit for the internship? Even if he's only earning 1 hour, there will be a fee.

As far as Grand Passage's comment - you should be able to get waivers for those fees - bus, computer fee, etc.
Technically yes, he gets one credit but for his major that one credit doesn't apply
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