So, the University of Miami finally came back with a financial aid package. Not good, not good. The package includes no grants, just $3000 in Federal Work Study, $4500 in a subsidized Stafford loan and $6000 in an unsubsidized Stafford loan. A grand total of $13500 out of the almost $37000 that tuition alone costs. The VA will pay an extra $7500 or so which still leaves me with $16000 a year to get through private student loans. I read the email at school and I seriously wish I hadn’t because I was in front of people and I was THIS close to bursting into tears. Really, I thought I was going to be sick.
I have been advised against going to my other two choices, Barry University and Florida International Universtity. The person that advised against FIU actually teaches there. However, I have also been advised against taking on private student loans so honestly, I’m between a rock and a hard place. Do I settle for debt or do I settle for an education that is less than what I want? I don’t know what to do, I’m not a person who believes in “signs” but I’m hoping for a sign. What do I do? Which is the lesser of two evils?