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    Why Saba Fails to care about their students!

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    I want to first say I never complain and always try to look at the bright side of things, but this post needs to be done. I am a current student at Saba med.. The school has its up and downs , but honestly the president of the school, Dr. Chu is not in touch with his students nor those the administration care AT ALL FOR THEIR STUDENTS NOR THEIR SAFETY. I am hoping that the administration sees this especially Dr. Chu. I am happy that this school allowed me to attend and I have made it very far in the program, so no I WAS NOT A DROP OUT AND NO I AM NOT BITTER BECAUSE THE PROGRAM IS HARD. I am mad because the school has around 200 American students that relies on their financial aid to pay rent, buy food, pay bills. It has been a month and some time now and none of the students are able to get their refund money and the school REFUSES to answer the question on why they haven't sent our money. We have talked to all the deans and they were told to stay out of financial aid and when Dr. Chu ( who supposedly cares about his students ) was asked why the student cant get their money before near the end of the semester, he simply answer that he knows NOTHING ABOUT THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT ( I thought it was the president job to know about major functions of the school ). Students are left not able to pay bills, buy food, pay rent and the school could care less. I am calling out SABA on their false statements of how they are there for their students. If you cant pay out of pocket for the expensive living cost to be on this island DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. The hardship to do good in your classes and to worry about where your next meal comes from is not worth it. I have heard other school are there to support their students care for their students success Saba is not the school. President Chu you have failed to provide the simple things student needs , and that is self assurance that the school has the students well being in mind! If there is some one out there that has a little more insight on the legal matter on how schools handle financial aid please respond to my post. Things need to change at this school ! do your research before you come here !
    p.s. please excuse my lack of proper grammar, I wrote this in a rush!

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    I think before anyone attends an offshore medical school they need to have a reliable funding source. Of course these schools require tuition from students to pay the bills and make a profit; I think we all knew that. Seems like most schools in the caribbean are very similar, which some better better and some even being worse.

    the concerns you have are very real, but this is the reality for offshore medical schools. when I was in the caribbean at medical school, a similar thing happened and it was because the school did not know what was going on with the funding and they didn't want to say something and then it turn out to be wrong, so they decided to say very little and they got more information. again, this is less than ideal.

    I was in a similar situation as you. I recall being in clinical rotations very worried about barely making my financial obligations and a classmate with rich parents buying her a brand new convertible. do what you can to get through and finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by don1 View Post
    I think before anyone attends an offshore medical school they need to have a reliable funding source. Of course these schools require tuition from students to pay the bills and make a profit; I think we all knew that. Seems like most schools in the caribbean are very similar, which some better better and some even being worse.

    the concerns you have are very real, but this is the reality for offshore medical schools. when I was in the caribbean at medical school, a similar thing happened and it was because the school did not know what was going on with the funding and they didn't want to say something and then it turn out to be wrong, so they decided to say very little and they got more information. again, this is less than ideal.

    I was in a similar situation as you. I recall being in clinical rotations very worried about barely making my financial obligations and a classmate with rich parents buying her a brand new convertible. do what you can to get through and finish.
    Thanks so much for your comment. You are right about having back up expenses, but in reality most of us are attending school solely on the basis of the help from FASFA. That's why I wrote this article cause if I knew it would be like this here I would at least worked a couple more years and saved up(honestly if I did continue to work I would always find a excuse not to apply and delay my dream).Truth be told if the school showed a little more sympathy and made more of a effort to keep the students in the loop it would alleviate a lot of our stress.

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    Are you with me Dr. Chu?
    Are you really just a shadow of the Dean that I once knew?
    Are you crazy...are you high?
    Or just an ordinary guy...
    Have you done all you can do to help us through this?

    Don't seem right
    I've been strung out here all night
    I've been waiting for the taste you said you'd give to me...
    Ladder Bay
    where the Saba faculty drink all day
    I went searching for the song you
    used to sing to me

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