May 16, 2009, 3:17 PM
Post #2735 of 2979
If you get any kind of job at the University, they significantly reduce your tuition. So search the NU job website for opportunities--and best to do that right now. Also, keep in mind they schedule their classes so that you can work in addition to attending the program. While that's certainly not ideal, I think one should, if one isn't working at NU, expect that to attend NU you will need either full or near-full employment elsewhere, as I don't think federal loans will be enough to subsist in Chicago (while paying tuition) otherwise. Finally, you'll want/need to stretch the program out to its maximum five-year duration; that way, because you're paying by the credit, it's more affordable. If you try to rush through the program, a) it's terribly expensive, b) because you'll also be working while you're going through it, you'll find yourself too burned out/exhausted to write, and c) you'll find it harder to make any federal loans you take out a substantial part of your subsistence, because your per-year tuition costs will be too high. Again, this is a program to take your time with, not rush through--can't emphasize that enough. You don't want to come out with more than 20K-30K in debt, at an absolute maximum.
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(This post was edited by umass76 on May 16, 2009, 3:18 PM)