I'm in the process of applying to an M.S. Counseling program. While ordering transcripts, I've run into a problem. 10+ years ago, I started an MBA, but only attended the first semester. However, my career dragged me out of state, so I withdrew after completing that one semester. Since then, there's been a disagreement between me and that school over a related government loan.
Long story short - the school won't give me a transcript for that one semester of classes, UNLESS I come up with $6000 - immediately. No payment program options at all. I don't have $6000 just lying around - but I have to finish this grad school app right away.
So what are my options? I guess I could try to explain that old situation to the Admissions Department about the loan dispute. But I don't know where that would leave me.
What about the possibly dubious option of just leaving out any mention of that one semester of an MBA program on my application? Yes, its a bit unethical, but I'm not sure I have other options. My GPA that one semester was fine, so it wouldn't affect my overall GPA negatively. Could/would this new school find out that I didn't report that missing semester of school because I couldn't get the transcript? How is this sort of information shared amongst universities, if it is? I have a guess about which way to go, but what do you folks think?