I want to go back to school. Help me find grants and scholarships.
October 26, 2010 4:24 PM Subscribe
I want to go back to school. Understatement: I'm a non-traditional student. I've been living below poverty levels for most of my life. I need funding - loans, grants, scholarships. How?
posted by loquacious to education (56 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I want to be done with being the bright but severely undereducated dilettante in the room. It's long past time for me to go to school. I'm strongly considering Journalism and/or an English Literature major.
Mefites who know me would likely agree I'm well suited for this field.
Short background: High school dropout. No GED or diploma. 36+ years old. No funding or FAFSA yet. I've never registered for Selective Service.
I'm so broke I haven't officially filed for taxes in years.
The good news is I probably easily qualify for every general grant and financial aid program. I'm independent from my parents, etc. The bad news is Selective Service requirements - which I believe have expired for my age, and the other bad news is my utter lack of a financial history.
I'm not interested in going to school for "increased earning potential". I'd be an idiot to consider that an end goal for Journalism and/or Lit in this day and age. I'm not an idiot. :)
I wouldn't mind going back to school and staying there. For life. As a career. I really don't care about student loan debt, especially if it can be somehow continuously postponed by staying in school.
Tell me about:
How to pay for housing/living costs.
Scholarships - especially Journalism/Literature scholarships I can apply for using my essay-writing skills.
(Yes, I'm going to go speak to an admissions counselor, hopefully tomorrow or this week.)