Jul 11, 2007, 7:12 PM
Post #259 of 793
Dear forum members,
I have a big dilemma and under a time crunch, and I'm hoping you guys might give me some perspective. This seemed like the most appropriate forum to put it in.
So, many months ago I accepted an offer to a creative writing program. It was one of my top 3 or 4 choices, and they gave me the best financial aid offer (tuition waiver, TA stipend, small scholarship). Recently, some things in my job and personal life came up which have forced me to consider deferring for a year. I wasn't sure the university would accept a deferral, especially considering how late in the game this is, but I called them about a week ago, and to my surprise, they said they would accept a deferral. In fact, they were exceptionally nice and understanding about the whole deal. The one catch is, they can't guarantee that I'll receive the same financial aid package that I got before (the the scholarship is nice, but the TAship is a deal-breaker).
My question is, will deferring severely hurt my chances of getting a TAship again? The director made is sound like I would have a good chance to get it. He basically said that I was one of their top choices this year and he would expect me to be a top choice for TAship next year. He just couldn't guarantee it. However, some friends of mine who are in grad school for a different program (museum studies) said that students who defer rarely get their TAships back. Does anyone know if that's the case for MFA creative writing programs? I'd really like to defer, and think doing so would be professionally and personally fulfilling. But I'm scared of giving up the "sure thing" of having basically a full-ride financial package.
Also, is it considered poor form to apply to other programs after having deferred from a school, or is it an acceptable practice? If I could be guaranteed financial aid, I'd be sitting pretty and wouldn't need to apply, but financial aid is crucial for me, so I feel like I'd need to cover my bases if I did defer.
I'd appreciate any advice or feedback. Thanks, everyone, in advance!
(This post was edited by A-OK on Jul 11, 2007, 7:28 PM)