Post # 1
I am finishing up my masters degree in May, and have finally landed a “big girl” job (Yay!). Luckily, I was offered a fellowship that paid for my grad program in full, and my undergraduate degree was covered in combination by my parents putting away money in a prepaid program and my own scholarhsip earned through a state scholarship program. The upside here is that I am going to graduate without debt.
My husband on the other hand had no money for school. He managed to complete his AA and become an EMT by taking classes when he could afford to, all while working 40+ hours a week at a crappy, minimum wage job. He has supported me through school (making next to nothing because of no degree), and now that I am almost done, he wants to go back to school and get an undergraduate degree in exercise science and go on to Physical Therapy school. We can live off of my salary alone (which will suck but it can be done), but won’t have any money left over for tuition. Anyway, I am curious about resources for scholarships for him that aren’t those stupid websites that don’t seem to be much help! Thanks in advance!
This topic was modified 3 years ago by csr0406.
Post # 2
Most were through school. Some were automatic in high school, no application required. Some were automatic with the application process. The school also had a generic scholarship application that would work for 100+ scholarships. Others were major government scholarships, local people in the field all knew about them, if I went out of province a quick search would have informed me of them.
Post # 3
Check out Fastweb.com, and have him talk to his department at school. Many departments have smaller scholarships they’ll know about but usually the deadline is before the semester starts, so he’ll want to ask about them before he’s even admitted.
Post # 4
My school has a website! Some scholarship are super specific too so try googling a few of your demographic characteristics to maybe find some. Seriously, my school list had stuff for like “Asian American female from this obscure New Jersey county” as a scholarship option. And it sucks but student loans are “good debt” Im in med school living totally off loans. Don’t let him give up his dream if he has to take out a little debt
Post # 5
AB Bride: This is how all of my scholarships were structured! Through the school, after I applied. The only reason I went to grad school where I did was because when I applied, I was automatically put in the running for a scholarship that gave me a full ride. When I got the news, it made picking the school easy. 🙂 Looking in the local field is a great idea!
likewoah: I wouldn’t have thought to ask before the semester starts, but that is a really good idea. He wants to apply to school, but I want to make sure we can pay for it first (which doesn’t seem to be the normal way to do things)!
LittleE3: I think you’re right… granted, he’s not going to medical school, but since he never took out loans for his AA, we would be able to get him some subsidized loans (which means no interest!) and if he continues to work, we could pay them off before they even start collecting. I think there are degrees worth going into debt for (anything where you will make the money back/Med school, which basically requires it). I am graduating with a professional interior design degree. I’ll be doing commercial work, hospitals, offices, retails stores, etc, and I would never taken out a loan for that. The money just isn’t good enough to justify debt. :/
Post # 6
csr0406: I’ve heard a rule as to “not take out more debt than will be your salary when you get out” so yes, I’ll be in 250k of debt, but my salary will be about that when I am an attending so I’ll be able to pay it back with some frugality on my part. So if the pay will be like 45k don’t take out more than that in debt etc. that way it will fit in your budget. And I agree, don’t go into debt for something super impractical. A guy I know is over 200k in the hole for an undergraduate classical civilizations degree and he can’t do anything with it without a Phd, but he didn’t get the grades to get into the programs
Post # 7
csr0406: Another option would be to go part time at a state school and pay as you go. For undergrad, my scholaship came directly from the school and was offered to me in my acceptance letter. It was half academic and half athletic. After graduating, I taught preschool for a a couple of years while getting my master’s at night at a state school. It took 2 years (full time), but I was able to pay for most of it with the money I earned. State schools are much more affordable and you may be able to just pay as you go.
Post # 8
csr0406: I recieved a merit-based scholarship that was part of my admissions package. I also applied for some essay prizes and community service scholarships, which were easy to get because my secondary school had a rigorous community involvement requirement for graduation. All of these were on my institution’s financial services website.
Since he’s been out of school, he can ask admissions to send him information on scholarships for mature or returning students. If they are actively trying to recruit him (if he’s a particularly outstanding student), they should be happy to oblige. If his grades and experience don’t qualify for merit-based scholarships, many universities have large endowments earmarked for bursary/grant disbursements for students in need. He should request information on how much he could receive under a similar program before accepting the admissions offer.
Post # 9
citysparkle: We are actually looking at state schools and community colleges for some of the basic classes (biology, chemistry, etc) to try and save money that way. It appears that the best option for us to have him just go ahead and apply and then see what we can get from there. If we can’t swing it right away, he can just apply again later.