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Old 11-29-2010, 03:33 PM
 
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Having financial difficulty for tuition payments and needed suggestions.


If anyone knows where I can get grants or apply for scholarships and actually get quick responses...that would be so extremely helpful!


I'm already up to my elbows in loans (and school hasn't even started yet)...any break would be great!
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Always do the FAFSA and the earlier the better so start now! Monies are on a first come, first served basis.
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid, not.com because that will take you somewhere else. The FAFSA should be free.
You may qualify for grants but only time will tell when you get your financial aid award letter.
This question is more generic in nature and you will receive more detailed responses in the Education Forum of City Data. //www.city-data.com/forum/colleges-universities/
As for quick responses from local scholarships, you may be out of luck. Most scholarships local and otherwise start their awarding for the Fall semester. You may still want to check with the District Financial Services Office of Alamo Colleges to see if there is any leeway but from the looks of the site, the deadline has passed.
Also, you may want to check with your employer to see if they offer tuition reimbursement. Use a credit card to make the minimum payments (something I don't recommend as a long term solution but just for this semester) and pay it off once you get reimbursed from your employer.
Good luck to you!
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:48 PM
 
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Thanks Skeet. Done and done.

Applied for fafsa and grants a couple of months ago. Got the loan, not the grant. I guess making $7.50 an hour 15-20 hours a week is still too much to be awarded a grant. Boo .

I'll keep trying though. Thanks for the encouragement!
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Are you doing your FASA as a dependent or independent student? That makes a whole world of difference in the aid you receive.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Pipe Creek, TX
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You have to be 24 years old to receive the Pell grant (whether you live at home with parents or not). Other grants or low/zero interest Institutional loans will depend on where you are planning to attend and what program you will be enrolled in.

What are you majoring in?
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:43 PM
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Your school should have a Financial Aid office, with a page like this: The Alamo Colleges - Student Financial Services

If not, that page is full of links that'll get you started.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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What are you going back to school for? What school (unless that's too personal). Someone here may be able to some discipline specific grants/scholarships or foundations. I'm in your boat too. I've got a small 2 bedroom house worth of student loans and am struggling to find funding for my next semester.
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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I applied as an Independent. At 26 I doubt I can list myself as dependent. Plus I probably wouldn't get a grant because my parents income wouldnt qualify. I've gone to a ton of websites the financial administrator suggested, and I swear I get more junk/spam mail ever!

To answer another question, Im going for nursing at galen, I knew It would be expensive, but wasn't prepared for JUST how expensive it is. I still owe $250 for uniforms and $900 in books.
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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To answer another question, Im going for nursing at galen, I knew It would be expensive, but wasn't prepared for JUST how expensive it is. I still owe $250 for uniforms and $900 in books.
Galen is a for profit institution and the tuition can get steep. Another program to look at is the one offered at Baptist. Baptist School of Health Professions
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Have you looked into Wayland Baptist? They have a very competitive tuition rate for their undergraduate and Master's programs...

they have a full BSN program:

General BSN Program

They also have an LVN to BSN, and an RN to BSN program:

Link to school of nursing: BSN Program

Tuition for nursing courses is $300 per credit hour
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