Grad School Tuition-Would you wait?

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  1. VANewbie

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    I can either go to grad school and get started in the fall and pay out of state tuition-(loans) or wait until the Spring when I will be instate.

    What would you do?

    They only offer 2 classes in the fall and one class in the spring. I feel like I should go ahead and just start and take out the extra loan so at least I will have a head start. The bulk of the classes are offered in the summer. There is a possibility that I may be able to be classified as in state but I'm not sure.
     
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    whats the price difference and the loan interest rate?
     
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    If you want to wait, then wait. If the wait was 3+ terms later, I'd say start now.
     
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    Price difference is about 2,000. Low interest loan. I owe SOOO much in loans already I just feel like putting an extra 4,000 is nothing. I owe a lot already. I just want to get done with grad school ASAP so I can get the grad pay. I really need it.

    Also if I wait until the spring then I have to stop the whole admissions process etc...
     
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    It sounds like you already made up your mind...try for subsidized loans so you wont have to pay the interest now and definitely fight for the instate discount
     
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    You know its so weird when you come here for advice and then you read back what you wrote. It does look like I have made up my mind. Guess I just wanted someone to give some good reasons to talk me out of it.
     
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    I was told that if I started at the out of state rate, I would have to pay the out of state rate the whole way through.

    When you add up the difference for each semester, all the way through, that number might seem a lot bigger!

    DH really needed some more classes for work when we moved here, but we felt that it was important to wait for in-state tuition.
     
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    To me $4k is a lot of money to pay back...and remember it isn't just the loan amount you pay back. With interest it is much more. Personally, its a semester I would wait, but the decision is yours :)
     
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    I actually chose to start in the spring because I didn't want to be trying to get used to teaching and grad school at the same time. I thought it might be too much. I started my masters program in January of 95 and finished in December of 96.
     
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    Why would you have to pay out of state the whole way through?
     
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    Because that was what you signed up for when you enrolled...def. check it out.
     
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    Think about if you were an 18 year old college freshman - if you moved to another state and started college, then you pay out of state until you're done.

    It isn't any different as a grad student.
     
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    I would wait, especially if the amount is drastic-like it usually is. I wish I had that option, but I'm in grad school at a private university so it's expensive all around.
     
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    But at undergrad you would be living in a dorm and you would have a "home" for the summer, breaks, etc.

    In her situation she actually moved and there is no "home" to go to...unless I read that wrong.
     
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    I just checked again for the university here
    (and of course, it may be different in different places...)

    You can petition after a year to change to in-state status, but it is weighed on a case-by-case basis.

    And the big wordy paragraphs describing it do not sound promising enough to risk my money on!

    (And goodness that form is detailed - membership in churches or clubs, date you last voted, amount in your bank acct, have you left the state at all in the last 12 months... and this is for a state university!
     
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    I paid under $10,000 for my whole Master's-so I think $4,000 would be too much extra. It just depends on how important the money is to you.
     
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    Wow!!!!!!!!!! My first one was $23,000 with scholarships and the 2nd was $30,000 with only a few small scholarships. I guess its all relative to the area and the pay scale increases though.
     
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    My first MA cost $3200, and it has earned me an additional $3000 a year since then. (Of course, that was quite a few years ago.)
     
  20. VANewbie

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    Well thanks for letting me know about the out of state rule! I had no idea. I will check it out because if thats the case I will wait until the spring.
     
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    I checked around and found an in-state college that was cheaper. I am also a little crazy and took 5 classes one semester (while working full time). I found out once you hit 9 credits, it is a flat rate tuition. So I took 5 classes for the price of 3 and saved myself at least $2,000.
     
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    Hahah, I'm just as crazy! I took 21 credits last summer! That was smart to do, I wish my college had offered that! Undergrad did and I always took advantage.
     

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