By Redd Ingram
Both semesters this school year, I received a tuition refund from the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing. My family and I originally thought this was peculiar, but assumed that we miscalculated our out-of-pocket expenses for the year and graciously received the refunds. We received one at the beginning of fall semester and another at the beginning of spring semester. Recently, I received an email from the Billing Department saying that I was responsible for a large balance on my student account. You guessed it—we were never supposed to be issued any refund. The issue came about due to the miscalculation (by the Office of Financial Aid) of a specific grant that is supposed to cover the cost of my dual-enrollment program with Juilliard. Now Columbia wants their money back. My question is, why did they give it to us in the first place?...