I have a tripple major BS in Industrial Training, Automotive Technology and Cross Cultural Studies from EMU.
I plan to go back for a masters after I get some other things out of the way. (Captain's school, possibly Flight school, etc.)
I payed as I went all along and have no debt related to education at this time.
I plan to do the same in the future only because of my circumstances. I would suggest to any highschool grad to borrow money for school and pay it back asap after graduation and to stay home to do it. I would also suggest to finish in 4 or 5 years if possible.
13 years from highschool graduation before I recieved my BS
I paid for mine with creative financing. I charged mine and then just rotated the balance to zero percentage cards with no transfer fee. Paid it off in a year and have been free in clear now since work pays for the MBA.
I quit college two years in, paid off the loans I got ( wasn't very much at the time ).
So instead of paying off huge stundent loans now, I'm paying off loans for a house, a car, a boat, and a motorcycle. Just a matter of preference weather you want the degree or not I guess. I thought it sucked paying off my realitively small loans, I can't imagine how it feels to have to pay off loans used on a 4 year degree. It would drive me crazy.
Good luck to you. It shows alot that you would stick it out that long for your degree.
I'll have three degrees as of mid-December. I do have student loans. Right now I have about 25k in debt. It may sound like a lot, but at my school one class is close to 2k for a four credit class. I'm hoping to use the house as a way to pay the loan, perhaps through refinancing or such. There was no other way to pay for this schooling. I know people that use their credit cards to pay, but then their stuck paying high interest on these classes. These people usually say that the class will be paid off by the time the semester ends, but in reality this almost never happens. My interest rate through the government is really low, like 3% or something. So while having this debt really sucks, It's hard to put a price on education. I'm a better person because of college.
No degree. I had no clue what I wanted to do out of HS and I didn't want to waist my parents money wile I figured it out. I even have a rich uncle that told me if I wanted to go to collage, not to worry about the money. Didn't want to waste his either. Then I fell into a career and it has been OJT ever since.
Part of me wants out of this carrier but I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up.
Degrees suck, (unless you are working for the man) I'm not using anything I "learned" from by expensive BBA from Michigan in my present self-employment that I couldn't have learned at Macomb. Get educated on the street, open a business and make money.
QUOTE(pauligan @ Oct 31 2003, 01:11 PM)"you are going to be 40 one way or another, why not be 40 with a degree?" or something like that.
it's almost a catch 22, unless your employer is paying for the education or promises you a better job/pay after you get the degree
work at your current job and gain seniority to advance
don't work and get debt loaded but get a better job after you have a degree
in the end, who knows which is better
I think a lot of people lose site of WHY they want to get the degree. Just to have it is not really a good reason to put yourself in the debt and go through all the agony.
If you have a end in sight and what you want to do WITH the degree then thats something.
I know a lot of people who have graduated with their degree in English, History, etc, etc that then say "Now What"!!!!
Five years of full time education and no degree - that was the sixties for ya'. I majored in Business Administration, Economics, Art, and Elementary Education, just not at the same time. I just couldn't decide what I wanted to do. Now I'm a computer programmer and although I occassionally enjoy some actual programming task, I hate my job. If you have an interest that you're making into a career with or without a college degree, good for you.