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I got in to City University London's Msc in Human-Centered Systems on the condition that I get a B+ average this year, and send in my two references. I can't say yes right now, my dad has said he can't pay for it and I know I would have to take out massive loans to go but I'm going to look into scholarships now to see if maybe I can make this happen.

I don't even know what to say right now. I wish I could write more.


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I've heard good things about CUL. But... no matter how good the program is, you have to weight the costs. London is an expensive city. The Tube is ridiculously expensive. The exchange rate stinks. I speak of all of this while in the UK and as I am almost 99% sure I'll be at a program in the UK.


A few things - do check out scholarships! Chevening, Marshall and Fulbright are all closed for next year. But there are some others - especially if you're a EU or UK national. 


Also, when doing the math, think about how long a degree is in the UK versus the US. For me to do my Archives degree in the UK it's only 1 year versus 2.5 in the US so the slight uptick in costs makes sense over the course of one year instead of two years of full out-of-state tuition. 


Ultimately, you have to go with economics. It sucks, but it's also the state of today's economy and really, just how the world works. 


But I wish you a ton of luck!

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Tuition wise it'd be the same to spend 2 years here in Canada, vs a one year program there. Unfortunately the scholarships I have found so far are for people with higher grades than I have, but if I apply for financial aid I might be able to get a fair amount in bursaries.

The thing which will cost the most is the living expenses. Although London would be more expensive, I believe Toronto would be comparable. My penchant for big cities is going to be the death of my bank account. 


Thanks for the advice @annieca, I'll definitely be thinking about things a lot. 

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I don't know if this is the brightest way to look at it,  but this is my theory. You would LOVE to go there.  Of course it will be really expensive, but loans are the answer for whatever you cannot make up for in scholarships.  I say if you get into your  dream school and that's what you really want to do, the money doesn't matter.  Education is priceless, knowledge is priceless. It will all be worth it in the end.  I look at it as a future monthly bill.  

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Apply for scholarhships.


If you are currently working, see if you can up your hours or find a second (and maybe a third) job. Save everything you can, you'll need it to cover your living expenses. 


You will have to take out some loans to make up for the cost difference. Do the math, know that when you return, you are going to have to add the cost of paying the loans off into your monthly living expenses.


To make my college/travel dream happen - I lived in a 350 sq ft studio with a Murphy bed. Worked 2 jobs. Managed to pay nearly 35k in student loans in under 5 years. It wasn't pretty however I would not trade my experiences for anything. 


Get innovative. Be resourceful. Be willing work. You can make it happen, you are in charge of your destiny. 

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Wow, how would you work TWO jobs during graduate school? I feel like my full time job is going to be tough in itself. UGh. 

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