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#897 - 01/12/2006 06:29 AM financial aid
Lynn Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/12/2006
Loc: Maine
Hi. Is there any financial aid available to people who have already obtained a degree? I graduted with a BA in media studies about 6 years ago. I'm currently a 3/4 student at my local university in the environmental science program. By working full time I can pay for this as I go along but I'd like to trasfer and maybe go full time. It seems like I only eligible for loans though. Is that true?


#898 - 01/12/2006 11:46 AM Re: financial aid
MidlifePhDStudent Offline

Registered: 12/27/2005
Loc: Southern California
I am sorry, I am not a Financial Aid expert, but the FAFSA website gives this information on eligibility:

To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must meet certain requirements. You must:

* Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
* Have a valid Social Security number (unless you're from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau)
* Comply with Selective Service registration, if required (see for more information)
* Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate or pass an approved ability-to-benefit (ATB) test
* Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program at a school that participates in the federal student aid programs


* You must not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal student loan
* You must have financial need (except for unsubsidized Stafford Loans)
* You must not have certain drug convictions

Other requirements may apply. Contact your school's financial aid office for more information.
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#899 - 01/12/2006 13:04 PM Re: financial aid
Admin Offline


Registered: 12/10/2008
Loc: California
Hi Lynn,

This has been addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Many colleges restrict eligibility for their financial aid programs to the first bachelor's degree, while others will waive the restrictions if the student is seeking a second degree in preparation for a career change and/or the second degree program is different from the degree program previously completed. You need to contact the financial aid office of the school you are interested in for information regarding their policy.
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#900 - 01/16/2006 02:19 AM Re: financial aid
WildEEP Offline

Registered: 05/07/2004
Welcome to what they don't bother telling us the first time around. Financial Aid for the most part is restricted heavily to your first degree. After that you are on your own. Uncle Sam is all about sending you for an education - but only once.

Do not dispair, there are still scholarships available and there are many state grants you may find available.

The links provided here are a good place for baseline info but I always stress this - Go make friends with the financial aid office and the people in it. They have their ears to the ground much more than anyone else in that realm, they may be able to shed light on a grant or program that is upcoming or that is underused.


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