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  1. It's entirely possible that the "department stipend" is another term for the tuition waiver you're receiving...
  2. I would ask the DGS if you can be added to the grad student listserve for the department and then send an email there about looking for housing. Current students will likely have a good sense of what's affordable, what's open, etc.
  3. If you can't really afford it, then don't do it. Think long-term about what it will mean to pay that debt off and what future options won't be open to you if you do MAPSS. Were I in your shoes, I would take a year off, take a graduate course or two at a local university in the evening, and work on strengthening my application. I might try to present at a conference if there's a local one. Or, if not, try to attend a national conference that's not too far away. Next year, apply to a mix of funded MA and PhD programs, keeping in mind that you could get funding through an assistantship from something outside the specific department. Either way, going into a program you know you can't afford with no guarantees at the end is a risky proposition.
  4. Hmmm... the MA funding thing means not to pay, it doesn't mean you have to get a position from the department. There are positions in Student Affairs, Residential Life, language departments, etc., which will provide a stipend and tuition waiver. If you want to pursue a MA, you really should think broadly about the possible ways to get funding. If you're able to afford MAPSS, then do it. Are you planning to take a year off after MAPSS so you can get letters of rec from the program? If not, it's value may be limited.
  5. Buffalo is a really inexpensive city, just fyi. A quick cost of living calculator for Hartford vs. Buffalo shows that things in Buffalo are about 25% less than they are in Hartford.
  6. @cowgirlsdontcry, obviously, as with all advice, YMMV. I was just throwing it out there as an option. I've never hired the movers ABF offers through their website but have instead hired my own via Craig's List. A number of companies offer a similar service, such as U-Haul U-Box, which again means someone else handles the driving. I have lived in an incredibly rural area and was able to use either one of those companies for the move, though I ultimately went with ABF.
  7. Why not apply to schools in the UK, US, and EU, rather than applying to one country/region only?
  8. Research fit is going to be key.
  9. I think that's going to depend on the class. Some of my classes required reading a book a week plus secondary literature while others required reading 4-6 journal articles per week. Those took wildly different amounts of time as one might guess. Similarly, some classes required weekly response papers, others required 1-2 longer papers, and still others required just one long (25-30 page) paper at the end. So, it's hard to say how many hours of work per class.
  10. That's going to depend on the school. You should ask. It's expensive for an institution to buy a bunch of NVivo licenses, especially if people are moving toward Dedoose or other options.
  11. @cowgirlsdontcry, I've used ABF a few times but have always hired my own movers on each end because it's less expensive. Plus, with 2-3 college students, you can more easily supervise what they're doing (AKA, make sure they don't break anything). IDK. Moving a multi-bedroom house cross-country cost me less than what you're estimating to move one state over... If I were you, I'd call or go online and do an estimate so that you can get a better sense of what the actual expense will be, rather than just guessing based on your past experiences. (For reference, I just priced moving a 2 bedroom apt/house from Baton Rouge to Tuscaloosa and the quote was $1783 from ABF U-Pack...)
  12. No funding = no attendance, imo. I would NEVER go to a school without funding.
  13. This is exactly what I was getting at when I asked my question above. There really aren't a bunch of grants that are solely focused on research purely for the sake of research, with no concern of the broader merits/implications of said research. Maybe you can find a private donor or foundation which will fund you for that but it's doubtful.
  14. @meep95, I got a new credit card with 0% interest for 18 months and used that to pay for my moving expenses. It's similar to what @TakeruK was describing except that it was from a national bank (think Chase, Capital One, Bank of America, etc.), rather than my graduate institution. It worked well for me because I knew I'd be able to pay it off in that time frame with the income I'd be arning. @cowgirlsdontcry, a series of questions for you because that seems like A LOT for a move from one state to another (I spent less than that on a cross-country move). Have you considered hiring college students, rather than professional movers to load your belongings? Have you considered using U-Box, ABF, PODS, etc., and having them move your belongings? I did a 2000+ mile move where I hired college students on each end to load/unload an ABF trailer and the total cost was around $1800. As for rent + security deposit, you all may be able to find rental companies or landlords which don't require two months rent plus deposit up front. Most of the places I lived in during grad school required security deposit and first month's rent, but didn't make you pay the last month's rent in advance. I also at one point lived in an apartment where the management company was doing a promotion where they waived the application fee and security deposit, instead charging a flat $75 cleaning fee when you moved in. For my current place, the landlord let me move in without paying the security deposit in advance, knowing that I was in a tight situation financially. Keep an eye out for opportunities like this to lower your moving expenses.
  15. If it's a two year program, people will expecting you to be making progress toward completing the thesis but not to have completed it when you apply. Your rec letter writers should be talking about both the merits of your project, the work you've done, and your timeline for completion in their letters. In your own materials, you can focus on the techniques and skills you're learning and how you'll apply these to the work you do as a PhD student if you aren't sure you can report on specific results/findings yet.