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#1396 - 05/30/2006 11:29 AM Have a BA pursuing an AA
Raminta Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/30/2006
I'm 28 years aold and currently have a BA in English. I have since enrolled at a community college to pursue a degree in welding AND residential construction.
My issue is this...
*I have $31k in outstanding loans from my BA (I've paid back around $20k since I graduated

*The school's financial aid director is telling me that I am not elligible for Federal or State aid because of my BA and because of my outstanding debt

*He is also telling me that I will probably be unelligible for private loans because of the above reasons.

*There are no grants available, at least that the school is aware of, because the tuition at the school is rather low.

If it was just a matter of paying tuition, I don't think I'd have much of an issue. HOWEVER, my main concern is living expenses. Even with a part time job (or several for that matter), I would not be able to afford to live and go to school.

Are there resources for people like myself? Are there educational loans that I can look into for people in my situation?

If anyone has any ideas, it would be very much appreciated!

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#1397 - 05/31/2006 05:58 AM Re: Have a BA pursuing an AA
Mbooker Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/03/2006
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Why would you not be able to have a full time job and go to school?

Marji

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#1398 - 05/31/2006 06:00 AM Re: Have a BA pursuing an AA
Raminta Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/30/2006
Because a couple of the required courses are only offered during the day. I would be in classes from 12noon to 5pm Mon. - Thurs. There aren't very many jobs in my area to begin with and those time contraints put on huge limitations on types of employment.

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#1399 - 05/31/2006 08:23 AM Re: Have a BA pursuing an AA
Mbooker Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/03/2006
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Have you talked to the school about working there?
I asked because as a single Mom of three I had the same problem where these classes I needed were taught in the morning so I had to get a job(fulltime) in retail(I hated it but it paid the bills)that allowed my hours to be evenings. What about a Home Depot or Lowes since you are interested in Welding and such. I understand they are usually very good at working with students.

I understand your plight as I owe 32,000 for attending a private college. It was worth every penny but it has hurt me in financing other things.

I sure hope you can find something as it is the pits working doing something you don't want to do.

Marji

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#1400 - 05/31/2006 08:27 AM Re: Have a BA pursuing an AA
Raminta Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/30/2006
I understand your plight as I owe 32,000 for attending a private college. It was worth every penny but it has hurt me in financing other things.


yup that's exactly what i did! provate college. Great education, but it hasn't been fun paying it off.

When I spoke to the financial aid director he asked if I was going to be working. I am going to be working at least 2 part time jobs, but unfortunately I know it's just not going to be enough. I have until Sept. to figure this all out, so right now I'm really just trying to find all of the options that may be available to me.

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