I don't quite know what's happening with my finances this summer - sure, I've got a job, it's bringing me money, and it's enough to live on, sorta. But since I'm a 1099 contractor I have to put at least 25% of it into savings to pay my taxes. 25%s a big chunk. And for some reason financial aid has been more confusing this year, not less, and I'm frustrated by my constant calls to the financial aid office. And their constant lack of true help. All they do is tell me to wait, just a little longer. When waiting seems to go absolutely nowhere.
Luckily there seems to be some change in the Pell grant system, and I may actually qualify for a Pell grant this year. Which would be a HUGE help, since Bush's change in the current funding laws seemed to have changed the amount of financial aid I qualify for. Apparantly Japanese is considered one of the 'critical' languages, still. Who am I to argue with that kind of a government position?
This entire summer's been a bit of a waiting game that way - I think things are clearing up, the clouds are parting, everything is going to be fine, but then get stuck in a waiting pattern again.
But the worst part about all of this is that I can't do things I'd planned to - buy plants for the garden, buy some new clothes, fix up my car, you know, things that require money.