I have an MD degree from a foreign institution. But because I got that foreign MD from an unaccredited medical school 30 years ago, I can't find a job in the U.S. Therefore, I decided to get at least a Nursing Degree to make my living. So, I applied to the local community college.
However, they would not transfer the courses that I took overseas because my diploma is too old (30 years + unaccredited school). They request that I retake all Nursing courses that they offer without any exception.
On the other hand, FAFSA doesn't give me the PELL grant, because I already have a Bachelor's. I have $0 income, so my foreign diploma is the only obstacle preventing me from getting the PELL grant.
The situation is outrageous ! ! ! I have a "quasi" Bachelor's diploma that I got 30 years ago, so I can't transfer the courses, because the school doesn't recognize the diploma. But on the other hand, my useless diploma makes me ineligible for the PELL. I read here that there might be an exception for me. I have to prove that my diploma is a piece of . . . , is that right ? :)
My understanding is:
- A school must either accept a foreign Bachelors degree, and transfer all the courses OR
- Consider a student for the PELL grant
It is completely illogical to both refuse to transfer the classes AND to deny the scholarship.
Is there anything I can do to get a PELL grant or otherwise resolve this situation?