Post # 1
I’ve recently been accepted into NYU Steinhardt for graduate school. The program is so amazing and I was thrilled to be accepted, however, for financial reasons, I don’t know if I will be able to attend.
I was wondering if any other hive members had gone to NYU for graduate school. What was your experience like? Did you work full-time and attend (which is what I’ll have to do)? Was it worth the cost?
I have to decide in the next day or two so any and all advice is appreciated!
Post # 3
@bkchi: I applied my senior year of college to NYU and Columbia and was rejected from both. I was so sad at the time, but now I’m glad I didn’t go. I already owed $60K in student loans coming out of undergrad and those schools would have been $40K a year on top of that. So I hear you on the financial thing.
Do they have your program at any of the CUNY schools? I’m currently finishing up my master’s in corporate communications at Baruch College. It costs me $1800/semester which I pay out of pocket. It’s been well worth it to me to not go into further debt. I work full time and go at night — two classes a week.
Post # 4
@hotchildinthecity: Thanks for your response. I haven’t found ANY school besides NYU that offers this exact program. It’s so sad because it’s perfect for me but I already have about $35,000 to pay off in undergraduate loans, thankfully I didn’t have to pay for my first masters degree. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to justify adding on another $80,000 to my debt.
It’s not like I’m going to become a doctor and be able to eventually pay it off. I would probably end up going into non-profit work.
Post # 5
My BFF was just accepted as well to the Steinhardt school at NYU and decided not to go bc of costs… she was looking into the accelerated education masters which was a year program and you got your teaching experience… I know there were other schools that offered similar programs like columbia (just as expensive I know) and manhattan college maybe queens college too… sorry I’m drawing a blank! I’ll ask her and get back to you. what are you going for?
Post # 7
Thanks Habibah! I already having a master’s degree in teaching. I would be going for a degree in Educational Policy, Leadership and Advocacy.
Post # 8
@bkchi: Fiance goes to this program at Baruch…sounds similar. He also already has his masters in teaching.
Post # 9
Congrats! I can’t speak to Steinhardt specifically, but both Fiance and I have grad degrees from NYU and have nothing but positive things to say about the institution. The extra tuition was more than worth it to work with school’s faculty in my discipline/his profession.
Post # 10
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I have friends who went through masters programs at Steinhardt and their experiences aren’t the most glowing, particularly for the 80k/year debt they took on for their degrees. The debt can be crippling to future life plans when you start getting 50k+ (especially if the target field isn’t a high-paying one).
It is such a tough decision, so good luck!
Post # 11
Thanks for all of your responses!
@hotchildnthecity: Thanks for the link but the Baruch program seems geared towards going into a leadership role within in schools (becoming an administrator) which is not what I really want to do. The NYU program is unique in that it is also focused on the policy and advocacy issues in education.
@snow: I don’t want this debt to cripple my future plans. I have a lot to think about.
@teaandtoast: Do you mind sharing what programs you and your Fiance attended? Did you receive scholarships? Has paying it off been an issue?
Post # 12
i was actually also worrying about the same thing as you are… i was also accepted to steinhardt this year (early childhood education) and the expensive tuition is such a financial burden but i decided to still go through with it because their program is really what i want to focus on…. so i really hope it’s worth the money!!!! (fingers crossed) did you decide whether or not you’ll be going? 🙂