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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    Also, often there is a portion of financial aid that are government grants (ie Pell Grants, named after the grandfather of Mr Kwan ) , and that's what the institutions are really after.
    Institutions are generally not after Pell grants at the graduate school level.

    The Pell grant program is restricted to undergraduate students who have yet to complete their first bachelor's degree program. Students may not apply for Pell grants for more than one school at a time. In most cases, graduate students do not qualify for Pell grants, but there are exceptions.

    Graduate students may apply for a Pell grant if their course of study will conclude with the award of a teaching license or certificate. Thus, following a graduate-level teaching program in a state university system will qualify a student for a Pell grant


    Read more: Can I Get a Pell Grant for Graduate School? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_7523985_ca...l#ixzz2JjqLRGB

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    How long you have to pay and how much you have to pay each month varies depending on the payment plan you choose or the terms set by the lending institution
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelskates View Post
    I meant the financial institutions lending money, not the universities. Shouldn't you need to show you are capable of paying it back within the terms, and still being able to live? Would these people get a housing loan of $120,000? If not, why would they get a study loan for $120,000? Is the criteria different? Why?
    It never is $120K up front. Even the most clueless student would balk at that.

    Your financial aid package is calculated every school year, but you have to keep applying every year too. I bet that most students neglect to do that, even if their circumstances change and likely affect their aid package, such as a parent losing a job and thus being unable to pay "their" share. Only solution, if you don't get your aid package modified, is to take out more loans. Also, at many schools, tuition is paid per semester not per unit, so the longer a student stays in school (which may not be foreseen, you never know when someone might end up in the hospital....), the more they pay.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    Institutions are generally not after Pell grants at the graduate school level.

    The Pell grant program is restricted to undergraduate students who have yet to complete their first bachelor's degree program. Students may not apply for Pell grants for more than one school at a time. In most cases, graduate students do not qualify for Pell grants, but there are exceptions.

    Graduate students may apply for a Pell grant if their course of study will conclude with the award of a teaching license or certificate. Thus, following a graduate-level teaching program in a state university system will qualify a student for a Pell grant


    Read more: Can I Get a Pell Grant for Graduate School? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_7523985_ca...l#ixzz2JjqLRGB
    I even looked it up on Wikipedia and missed that very important bit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    It never is $120K up front. Even the most clueless student would balk at that.

    Your financial aid package is calculated every school year, but you have to keep applying every year too. I bet that most students neglect to do that, even if their circumstances change and likely affect their aid package, such as a parent losing a job and thus being unable to pay "their" share. Only solution, if you don't get your aid package modified, is to take out more loans. Also, at many schools, tuition is paid per semester not per unit, so the longer a student stays in school (which may not be foreseen, you never know when someone might end up in the hospital....), the more they pay.
    Yes, but it seems ridiculous that if you haven't managed to pay the first semester loan, that you can still get a loan for second semester, third semester etc. just making the loan amount bigger and bigger, without making a dent in it. A bank wouldn't let you borrow money for one car per semester would it? The current loan(s) should be taking into account when applying for additional loans, and it seems amazing to me that these people are ALLOWED to borrow these massive sums of money when there is no guarantee of a return. It's irresponsible for the lender and the borrower. Like writing a book, and then spending all your money because you think it might get picked up and published one day. Or getting a loan to buy a really expensive computer to write the book that may turn into nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    Your financial aid package is calculated every school year, but you have to keep applying every year too.
    Not when you are in grad school. There is no financial aid for grad school, at least not for the vast majority. That's why the competition for those assistantships is so fierce.

    You can take out loans. You can get into a program that pays your way. You can get an assistantship. But you aren't going to get financial aid like you did when you were an undergrad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    I even looked it up on Wikipedia and missed that very important bit!
    Not only do most people not get Pell grants in grad school, those few who do get a maximum of $5,350. Woo hoo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Angelskates View Post
    Yes, but it seems ridiculous that if you haven't managed to pay the first semester loan, that you can still get a loan for second semester, just making the loan amount bigger and bigger, without making a dent in it. A bank wouldn't let you borrow money for one car per semester would it? The current loan(s) should be taking into account when applying for additional loans, and it seems amazing to me that these people are ALLOWED to borrow these massive sums of money when there is no guarantee of a return.
    You don't start paying off student loans until after you graduate. The whole concept of student loans is based on the idea that you will start making decent money once you have your degree. And that's generally been true. It isn't true right now because a) there are too many people with degrees and b) the economy sucks. But even so, college graduates are doing better than non-college graduates, the government is pushing hard to get more people into college, and the only way many people can go to college is to take out student loans. Ergo, there is a lot of support for the student loan system.

    Most people who have student debt do not have six figure student debt; it's mostly people who go to professional schools who rack up that kind of debt. And people who attend professional schools would be expected to make pretty good money--at least until very recently. Racking up six-figure debt just for a master's degree is unusual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    The whole concept of student loans is based on the idea that you will start making decent money once you have your degree. And that's generally been true. It isn't true right now because a) there are too many people with degrees and b) the economy sucks. But even so, college graduates are doing better than non-college graduates, the government is pushing hard to get more people into college, and the only way many people can go to college is to take out student loans. Ergo, there is a lot of support for the student loan system.

    Most people who have student debt do not have six figure student debt; it's mostly people who go to professional schools who rack up that kind of debt. And people who attend professional schools would be expected to make pretty good money--at least until very recently. Racking up six-figure debt just for a master's degree is unusual.
    Are the loans easy to get, compared to something concrete that costs the same amount? How about the interest rates?

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    Student loans are usually very easy to get. And the interest rates are usually very low.

    People who are struggling to pay can apply for relief or deferments. The debt cannot be erased, however, even in bankruptcy.
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    I think some of the folks in the article just forgot to do their homework. Every successful person i know in a scientific field got there in one of two ways. Those who were set on research went straight through to PhD with financial support of fellowships and grants. Those who preferred the commercial side took entry level jobs in pharma, biotech, or medical devices and had their employers pay. The "struggling" ones seem to have taken out big loans with the expectation of a big payday with no evidence to back that up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    The debt cannot be erased, however, even in bankruptcy.
    That's terrifying! I'm fairly sure bankruptcy in the UK means losing everything you own, but wiping the slate clean. We're yet to see the effect of the changes in student fees here though.

    Can the loan be reduced at all in bankruptcy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by madm View Post
    - Get internships before graduating with your Bachelor's degree. You need job experience before graduation in order to compete for jobs after graduation. You also need to cultivate professional contacts in order to get job leads and references. If they like you during an internship, that could lead to a job offer.
    This. I recall a young woman who had just finished a masters degree applying for a management job in my company. She was amazed that she wasn't handed the job, at an advanced salary at that.

    Education is a good thing, but for many jobs, you also need experience in the field, and even a few very good internships aren't going to cut it. In my field at least, no one is going to let you manage anything if you've never done the work before.

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    And also look where the alumni end up. For example, many aspiring accountants are getting an MSA because they need the 150 hours anyway and because certain schools are feeders for the big 4. One person I know, however, was getting an MSA at a non feeder school and was very shocked to find out that so many people got their offers by November.

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    Well I'm stuck with a big debt from Seminary, thought I'd use it to be a pastor and then realized that wasn't for me.... I'm actually considering getting an MBA. My job offers 5,000 a year in tuition reimbursement. (up to 10,000 if you get a manager's approval)... I could get a designation in the field I'm in at my job. But since I "just started" in this field, I'm not sure how I'm going to feel about it.. My place of employment is a huge conglomerate so there are opportunities to move into completely other fields besides the field I'm in... So I'm thinking of taking a couple of business classes/MBA would be a good idea because it is useful where ever. My only question is online vs real school. Real school sounds like it will be treated better. However its not like I have a top program ten minutes away, and no way will I quit my current job to go into a full time program.

    I frankly want to use the degree to move up-where I'm at. And I figure honestly if I were to ever want to change jobs, my experience at the current company I work for would look just as good as the degree I currently have (if I were able to move up there.) If I choose to stay in the current area at my job, I'll get the designation too
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    At most big companies, there's someone in HR/benefits who can point folks towards programs that are recognized by that company. Why not ask your boss along the lines of "I'm thinking of taking courses towards an MBA, but need some guidance on the best program. Do you know if there's anyone who can help me figure it out?" Then see where that goes.

    Another option would be to check the LinkedIn profiles of managers 2+ levels above you and see where they went. Then see if those schools offer a mostly online track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceon6 View Post
    At most big companies, there's someone in HR/benefits who can point folks towards programs that are recognized by that company. Why not ask your boss along the lines of "I'm thinking of taking courses towards an MBA, but need some guidance on the best program. Do you know if there's anyone who can help me figure it out?" Then see where that goes.

    Another option would be to check the LinkedIn profiles of managers 2+ levels above you and see where they went. Then see if those schools offer a mostly online track.
    Well I just started working there and have been in training for months. I qualify for the tuition assistance in about a month... I have a new manager who said we will talk about career development, and we also have education counselors there. I will have to take some business undergrad courses, so I figure I can start out slow...There is a list of the schools they will recognize. But there's recognizing and recognizing... () However I suspect and fact know that they first look at is performance reviews...
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    Quote Originally Posted by *Jen* View Post
    I did my master's in Europe though, so we're talking about substantially less debt that in the US. Not sure about Canada?
    I'm not sure about the other provinces, but in Quebec it's about $3000 a year, and the job market is okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post


    I figure that if you have to pay your own way through grad school, you shouldn't go.
    It depends.. for my daughter her grad school is getting paid for (science) but for me.. I was able to do it the same time as teaching part time and working full time so paying as I went didn't really cost that much.. plus the research is on the work I have done the past 20 years anyway so a bit rewarding (focus on the bit).. I am more worried about the students I saw at the grad school classes I attended who were only there because they couldn't get jobs in the teaching field so were 'advised' you may as well stay in school and get more education.. I don't agree with that.. I blame the grad schools for that they just want the $$$.. my daughter said she would only do grad school if she was paid..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choupette View Post
    I'm not sure about the other provinces, but in Quebec it's about $3000 a year, and the job market is okay.
    Yeah, Quebec has some of the cheapest tuition in Canada as it is heavily subsidized by the provincial government, so I have been led to believe.

    I live in Ontario, my daughter is studying Marine Biology @ Dalhousie in Halifax, New Brunswick. She gets about $1200/year from her school as a bursary because of our financial situation. Her tuition is easily $3K per SEMESTER so that's about $6K per year. Then there is food, housing, textbooks etc. Last year it cost (and she received) about $16K for her to go to school of which some of that is grant but most is loan. Of her loan, some of it will be "forgiven" because she maintains about an A- average. She is planning to do her Masters and PhD at the same time so I can only imagine how much she will owe by the time she finishes school.

    As for a job, she's not sure what type of position she'd like to pursue. Probably research but unsure if she wants to try private sector, public sector or even something in the education realm. Since she's in her 3rd year of her Bachelor of Science, I am hoping things clear up for her soon.
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    I frankly think its criminal how much college costs right now. I know someone who actually went to school in Quebec.

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    A lot of European schools now offer master's programmes in English, and there are a LOT of American and Canadian students enrolled. Especially American. I did one such programme and there were students from around 40 countries. 80% of all students were from the US. I don't know if this gave them any advantage on their CVs when they went home, or if it was purely a financial decision, but there are some really great schools around the world that don't cost the earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by professordeb View Post
    I live in Ontario, my daughter is studying Marine Biology @ Dalhousie in Halifax, New Brunswick.
    My daughter also did her bachelor's degree in marine biology and graduated 4 years ago. She knew she'd have to work unpaid internships for 12 months before she could even apply for any jobs that require minimum 12-months experience. She did that, and was lucky one of the internships turned into a paid job as a dolphin trainer in Florida. However, her pay was very low ($9/hr) and she could barely afford to live with a roommate, especially with Florida rents being high and having a 10-mile commute to work via toll roads. After 1.5 years of doing that, with little prospect of advancement, she decided to pursue veterinary school where she has a chance of earning a decent salary. She plans to work with zoo and aquarium animals.

    My next door neighbor (a senior wildlife biology PhD managing a state wildlife disease office) has a daughter engaged to a PhD marine biologist who is going to work for the university in New Brunswick. I think he's very lucky to be getting any kind of job offer. The only people I know in wildlife fields got their jobs a long time ago and work for government. It's a very small job market. I also have a cousin engaged to a former zoology major who interned with the U.S. Navy at their marine mammal training site in San Diego (the dolphins detect underwater mines and retrieve equipment). They liked her well enough to hire her permanently. So the military is another place to consider employment. Good luck to her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by professordeb View Post
    Yeah, Quebec has some of the cheapest tuition in Canada as it is heavily subsidized by the provincial government, so I have been led to believe.

    I live in Ontario, my daughter is studying Marine Biology @ Dalhousie in Halifax, New Brunswick. She gets about $1200/year from her school as a bursary because of our financial situation. Her tuition is easily $3K per SEMESTER so that's about $6K per year. Then there is food, housing, textbooks etc. Last year it cost (and she received) about $16K for her to go to school of which some of that is grant but most is loan. Of her loan, some of it will be "forgiven" because she maintains about an A- average. She is planning to do her Masters and PhD at the same time so I can only imagine how much she will owe by the time she finishes school.

    As for a job, she's not sure what type of position she'd like to pursue. Probably research but unsure if she wants to try private sector, public sector or even something in the education realm. Since she's in her 3rd year of her Bachelor of Science, I am hoping things clear up for her soon.
    Deb.. get your daughter to check out funding for grad school because if she has A grades and a 4 year/honours (or equiv) she shouldn't have to pay a penny for her graduate school.. she needs to now start checking out her research options now..as decisions are made by graduate supervisors not the school admissions.. they will also guarantee a minimum amount for students in grad school.. also even at her under graduate school she should check out jobs at school.. my daughter hasn't had to pay anything for her final year as working as a TA and lab assist - both jobs on campus.. in her field and living off campus (tons cheaper) she actually broke even for this her last year.. UBC has a marine biology grad school stuff with funding.. if she hasn't done her honours yet she might want to stream it towards where there are research dollars later on.. also she should be applying for NSERC funding.. which is federal funding for science and engineering..
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