School or no school: that IS the question!

@maezee (39846)
United States
November 29, 2009 6:28pm CST
I am in a rut (financially), as in: I literally cannot afford to go to school next semester. I have 1 year at the University of Minnesota under my belt, but this semester I can't seem to afford it - I need about $4,000 just for tuition. "Financial aid" included. I've already tried scholarships and loans without any luck. My options? Get a full-time job, and save up until next semester (AKA Fall 2010) or go to a community college (which I really don't want to do), for a semester (which I can probably afford), and then hope like heck I can afford a 4 year university in the fall. Each seems like a gamble, and I'm at a loss as to what to do. Can any of you give me any insight?
2 responses
@peavey (16960)
• United States
30 Nov 09
Why don't you want to go to a community college? If you can get credits there, and it's cheaper, it seems like a logical choice. Otherwise, go to work and save your money. There are only two choices and it boils down to time. You can get there quicker by going to a community college, but if you have time, get a job. Lots of people do it that way.
@echomonster (2227)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
30 Nov 09
I'd say work and save up for the next semester. School IS too expensive in general, but at least you don't have to do the consecutive four year thing. You can take breaks, fix your finances, prepare for what's next. What I would advise you to do is study up in your chosen area while you're working and be super-prepared for your next semester. It will take you longer to graduate this way, but by the time you do you'll know more than your peers...and have an enviable work history to boot!