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OK, here is the problem I am a nontraditional student that has been trying to get a college degree for forever. I started an associates degree about 9 years ago and two semesters before graduation I was told that they didn't think I had talent and I was booted out with a passing GPA. This left me with 30,000 dollars of school loans. I started again at a community college( nothing transferred) and I worked one, two and sometimes three jobs to pay for classes. It took years to finally get my associates degree. I finally go to a four year college and now don't qualify for any help because I now have too many transfer credits. My older grades from years ago bring my GPA down to a 3.5 and I have filled out at least 40 scholarship forms and received no scholarship. I make less than 6,500 dollars a year and have been applying for a better paying job for over a year to no avail. My job gives me hours,whenever, so working a second job with the job I have and taking the 5 classes I am taking would be impossible. My car just died and I can't afford to fix it.I owe the school money so even if I wanted to I can't enroll for classes next semester. I am soooo close to graduating and it has taken me sooo many years that I don't know if anything is worth it anymore. Any suggestions? Why is this so horribly hard to just get a degree. I don't qualify for financial aid anymore, that includes pell grants and student loans. If you have too many transfer credits it is considered not satisfactory progress and your help is done. I went to an Art Institute school years ago and they accepted my portfolio to get in, but booted me out later w/ OK GPA. Their credits were non transferable. My associates is in computer animation w/ is considered a technical degree making some of those credits non transferable too. I talked to financial aid and they told me that scholarships are so competitive at the school I am in now (state school) I probably wouldn't get one without a 3.7 GPA. I have worked for years, full time and part-time never making over 10 dollars an hour. If i drop out of school to do the same I have to pay 30,000 dollars of student loans back with little over minimum wage job. I've never found much better than that kudos to those that don't have a degree, but make good money. I have never experienced that and I am 37. I am taking community college classes and 4 year classes now, but I can't take more community college classes, as I have to take most of classes at 4 year school.

Asked By: graecat - 11/1/2010
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Are you over the 90 hours satisfactory progress on an associates degree or the 180 hours on a bachelor's degree? Sounds like the latter. If you're over 180 hours then you'll be labeled "a professional student" and there's not much the financial aid offices can do for you... More
Answered By: CoachT - 11/4/2010
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There is much wrong with system especially when you don't get good advice. Why wouldn't your first assosciates credits transfer? That seems really strange. Anyway, have you looked at getting work study or looking at jobs listed in the university newspaper? Some jobs will pay for college including UPS. Have you looked... More
Answered By: thinkersw - 11/1/2010
 
have you considered only taking the # of classes that you can afford to pay for? were you attending a for-profit school at the beginning? to be left with $30k in student loans from a school (for only a 2 year degree) is insane! how much $ do you owe your school? maybe putting school on hold until that debt is paid off... More
Answered By: R - 11/1/2010
 
If I were you I'd apply to join Uncle Sam in the forces. You can pay off your debts and take up your studies once more when you are mature enough to know what you really want.
Answered By: michael - 11/1/2010
 
My best advice is to talk to your school's financial aid office. See if there are any avenues that you haven't looked into, or if they have any sort of emergency student loans or grants... More
Answered By: Lisa C - 11/1/2010
 
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