Oct 14, 2006, 3:19 AM
Post #77 of 328
Re: [darredet] Transferring Programs
As far as "don't pay for the MFA" is concerned, I totally disagree. Almost every cent of the program I'm in is being financed by loans. I'm married, have two kids in elementary and junior high, two mortgages and a car payment. So, yes, I'll probably be paying off my MFA with my Social Security checks. But I will be happy that I followed my dream and didn't allow myself to be on my deathbed when I'm 80, lamenting a lost dream. Better to be spiritually rich and a little poor than vice versa.
Funding should be as important as issue to you as it needs to be. If you are in a situation where you can afford to pay some money for an MFA and you get into a quality program that doens't fully fund you, then by all means take it. It is all about the situation you were in. There are a lot of great programs that have great funding, no doubt, and I'm sure we would all like to be in them, but the fact is there aren't THAT many great programs with great funding and, given the subjective nature of the field, one can easily end up not getting into one of those programs. Is it better to spend 5 years applying to programs and never getting in and then settling on a weak program taht will fund you instead of going to a great program that doesn't fully fund you?
Well, that totally depends on the situation. For some people it would be smart, for others it would be a horrible mistake.
This is really no different than undergrad. Some people can afford to go to an expensive private school, others can only afford a cheap in state school with a scholarship.
As for the thread, it sounds like Miss Write is in a situation where not being mostly funded is not an option, at least in her prsent location. That sucks. I hope things work out for you Miss Write. Best of luck with transfering or getting more money.