Both of us in grad school at the same time

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 2
70 posts
Worker bee

I’m looking at the same thing. I start law school in the Fall. FI starts med school next year. We would like to get married within the next 2 years but we are worried about our budgets as well. It’s looking like fellowships,  grants and loans if we do decide to do it. I would like to hear what other people did or are doing as well.

Post # 3
1833 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

My husband and I are in grad school together (both getting our M.S.’s, mine in biology and his in computer science). I had a paid assistanceship (research and teaching) which covered most of our bills, DH worked part time at a tutoring center. Basically, the assistanceship meant getting paid to do the work I was doing anyways and teach a few classes a semseter. We also took out some of the available loans to make things a little less tight financially.

I’m finishing my degreee in the next few months, so no more assistanceship for me anymore, but now DH has gotten a research assistanceship for summer and a teaching/research assitanceship for the fall and winter semesters (he has another year). It really wasn’t that stressful. We were both busy working towards our goals so being busy wasn’t a big deal, since we both were busy. I think it’d be more stressful if only one of us was in grad school- we’d need more personal time with each other if one of us had a lot of free time. Doing it together worked out perfectly for us. 

Post # 4
21 posts
  • Wedding: September 2015

A lot of my classmates have grad PLUS loans (a type of “extra costs” loan) to cover the costs of living that couldn’t be met just with part time work. It sucks to take more loans, but if it’s impossible to get by without them, it is an option. If you go that route, make sure you save any extra left over each semester and pay it back toward the loans so interest doesn’t build. 

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