« on: February 12, 2008, 11:12:48 PM »
I had a very weird phone call the other day from a school I've already been accepted to. The admissions coordinator left a voicemail on my cell phone late in the day Friday, and I didn't have a chance to call back until Monday afternoon. I left her a voicemail at that time and she returned my call around 30 minutes later. I answered the phone and when she said, "This is _____ with X Law School," I said, "Oh hello, how are you doing?" to which she replied, "Uhhh...kay." Now, I had assumed she was calling to see if I had any questions about the school or to discuss my scholarship offer. Instead, she said to me, "I see you put on your application that you attended X (this school)." I just said, "Yes...?" and she said, "Well, you didn't." I was a bit taken aback by her rudeness (her voice inflection is hard to describe over the Internet, suffice it to say it was not pleasant), but I simply replied, "Well, I am not earning my undergraduate degree from X, but I do have some credit hours from your school." The application said former students (NOT graduates) do not have to pay an application fee, so I didn't send one in with my app. I sent my apps in back in October and was accepted by this school in December. It is a little late for them to be noticing. Anyway, at this point, she informs me that my credits do not count since they were from a dual-credit program and demands that I pay her the application fee immediately over the phone. I explained to her that I did not have my credit card with me right now, and even if I did, I do not give my credit card number out over the phone for privacy reasons. To this she responded, "That is too bad, I need the fee NOW." I asked her if she could send me a bill or give me an address to mail in a check, and she said, "I prefer payment by phone. What is your credit card number?" Again, I explained that I do not have the card with me and don't give out my info over the phone anyway. She asked a third time for my number and I said I would try to get the matter resolved, thank you and goodbye then hung up.
Now, here's the situation: I am NOT attending this school. In fact, I had been drafting my withdrawl letters for a couple of days, but I just hadn't sent them in yet. I am VERY overqualified for this school (LSAT about 10 points above median, GPA about .6 above median) and they have offered me a generous scholarship as well as a research asst position. When I applied, this school was at the very bottom of my list, I only applied because they are very close to home -- in case I had a financial breakdown this year, I could live at home for awhile and go to this school (I tend to be a worrier and want to have all bases covered). However, my finances are fine and I have already decided on another school to attend.
What do I do? Do I pay the app fee even though I am not attending the school, I AM a former student, and the lady was extremely rude to me? Or do I just mail in a withdrawl letter and hope they take the hint?
Sorry so long, but I really don't know what to do here. I just have a hard time sending in the money after the way I was treated -- this lady was also rude to me at a law school fair.