blowhard wrote:They didn't pay two years ago except for Darrows. I think you're the strong exception here... Also, your seat deposit doesn't necessarily apply to tuition. It shows as a credit in your student account and should have been refunded with your student loans. There are some tax reasons for this as well as people, like us veterans, who have specific rules about what their benefits can be applied to.
I don't care what should happen, I care what actually happened to me. I know of at least one other person on this board who had an identical experience.
Every tentative should ask for a travel stipend. If they are denied, they should ask why. If the school doesn't care enough about recruiting an individual to offer him or her the stipend or expenses, the person should know that and consider it when deciding if that school is right for them.
In my opinion, people should choose a school because it's a good fit. You can only know if a school is a good fit after visiting multiple schools because you need a basis of comparison. This is expensive. Schools should bear the cost, not foist it onto applicants. "We don't pay unless we decide to pay" is not a reason or a justification for not paying, it's just the state of affairs. Michigan has no reason to start paying unless people make a fuss.
More will visit if Michigan pays. More visits lead to more informed decisions. More informed decisions lead to a happier, better student body.