I am transferring to a public university in Utah with a 4.00 GPA from a community college. As a woman I am an under-represented population in my STEM major, I also receive accommodations for a disability under the ADA. On my financial aid form I have an expected family contribution of $0. The community college I attend has awarded me over $6,000 in financial aid scholarships, waivers and grants. This is my second bachelor's degree and I was informed by the transfer university that I do not qualify for merit or need based scholarships because I am seeking a second bachelor's degree. The financial aid department does not have any formal documentation indicating that they do not give scholarships or grants to second bachelor's degree seeking students. I am convinced that someone overlooked my paperwork/file and is making an excuse as to why I am not in the candidate pool for scholarships.
Rarely are grants and scholarships given for second bachelors. More typically loans. You have listed a difference that has nothing to do with gender that could have been the reason you did not get it. And "affirmative action" (taking you BECAUSE you are female) is different from prohibition from discrimination. Unless the school has a policy for affirmative action to correct past discrimination you would not get preference as a female (and if you did the male could sue). Many things besides GPA matter.
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Was the white male on his second bachelor's degree? Unless you can show they do in fact award scholarships despite the recipient being on their second degree, I suspect you would have a hard time proving discrimination.
The issue you need to ask is how he was treated differently from you assuming he was in a substantially similar position. If the circumstances associated with you and the "white male" are substantially the same - i.e. second bachelor's degree, gpa, etc. then you may - stress may - have something to look at. However, given you are seeking a second BA/BS that is typically a factor to reject applications for grants. You can review this online at most financial web site qualification pages. Good luck in your schooling.
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