This semester, I transferred from a community college in my home state to a private school (with a solid scholarship). I'm a chemistry major and I specifically want to get a B.S. with American Chemical Society certification, because I'm planning to go into industry (not education).
I found out yesterday that, despite what I was told when I transferred in, I am *not* on track to finish my degree on time.
Not because of any chemistry class issues. Because there are a million general ed. requirements I haven't filled and I'd likely have to spend two semesters taking stupid history classes and psychology and Spanish. I was told all I would need to take were a couple language classes and the Theology/Philosophy requirement - turns out I need 11 courses beyond that, because even though my credits from the community college technically transferred, they won't apply most of them towards my degree. It's an issue of not having exactly the right history class, exactly the right this and that, despite the fact that I was initially told they *would* count.
To top it all off, my scholarship wouldn't extend to those additional semesters. So this effectively means I'd be a good $40k *more* in debt than I thought I would be when I graduated, which was already a hefty enough sum by itself.
So basically my options are:
1) suck it up and have a giant mountain of debt I wasn't expecting
2) transfer somewhere cheaper
Looking like #2 is going to be my option right now. It sucks, because I actually like going to school here a lot (minus the roommate situation, though that's settled down somewhat the last couple days) and I really like the chemistry program here. But... it's just not worth the money.
I'm also torn because financially it would make the most sense to go back to my home state - but I don't *want* to go back. Especially because I have an actual relationship that I think is really headed somewhere amazing. We will probably end up getting married some day (and more importantly, he feels the same way). He's about to finish his Master's and already has a very well-paying job lined up after graduation, so it would make 0 sense for him to leave the area.
One option I was considering was taking a few classes at a community college and applying to transfer for the Spring to another university in the area (a state school that even out of state is still relatively cheaper than where I'm going now).
Basically, this is a combination vent and asking for advice - there's a wonderful wealth of experience on this forum and I'm interested in hearing other perspectives.