That is absolutely ridiculous. It's such a hassle that I'm thinking of not accepting my scholarship since it's not for that much money and I'd rather not have to deal with it.
Please tell me you didn't just say that, when there's a whole line of people who received nothing and who'd be ecstatic to jump through a few hoops for some free money.
It's unfortunate that they're making it such a pain in the ass - it's either a law school thing or a recent thing, since I didn't experience this hassle with the engineering school back when. At the same time, anyone who experiences this "problem" is, ironically, quite fortunate.
I understand that I should be happy to be getting a scholarship at all and I am, especially since I didn't expect to as an out of state resident. But, the financial aid office at UT is so incredibly disorganized and not user friendly that dealing with them always results in bad moods, wasted time and usually misinformation. I find it maddening that the staff who answers the phones there and is charged with assisting students never actually seems to know what is going on and that information doesn't seem to be provided to students in a timely manner. Something like this should really have been explicitly communicated to students when they were notified of their scholarship or shortly thereafter.
Jumping through hoops is the last thing I want to be doing during the first week of classes when there is SOOOOO much else going on.
Don't get me wrong, UT is a great school and I'm happy to be going here but I just wish basic things like financial aid weren't made so hard for us.