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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from ObsessLP in Re-taking Neuro Online   
    Weems at ENMU is great. She teaches online and I took her 16 week course. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from sabrono in When to apply for PLUS loan?   
    I think I got it soon after accepting the offer but I accepted in April and started in June so they kind of had to do mine quickly. I’ve never heard of not being offered enough to cover tuition and some expenses to live on. It really depends on your financial situation. My friend is married and her husband makes over 100k and she wasn’t offered much. But someone that doesn’t have assets or much income (like me) should get enough to cover the costs. Anything over the 20k FAFSA loan will be a PLUS loans which have higher interest rates.
    Plus, I’m sure it depends on the school too. Some schools offer additional funding so I’m sure those schools will offer funding around the time they offer a spot into the program. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from sabrono in When to apply for PLUS loan?   
    So when I applied for FAFSA, I got an estimated amount of financial aid after I submitted the application. It was around 20,000. This information will be sent to your school (when you fill out your FAFSA application, you select the schools you want the info. sent to). Your school will process it, and they will tell you how much you qualify for in both unsubsidized loans and PLUS loans. Then you will have to accept the amounts...you can indicate the dollar amount you want to accept. Some people need more, some need less. 
    When I applied it was estimated that I would get around $20,000. When my school processed my financial aid, I was told I could accept up to 20,000 in unsubsidized loans and up to 10,000 in PLUS loans. I chose to accept only 20,000 in unsubsidized loans and 0 in PLUS loans because that 20,000 would easily cover my tuition and expenses. I work full time as a SLPA so I won’t need the 10k PLUS loan. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from Farmcat1 in Northern Arizona Response   
    I attend NAU. I like it so far. There are so many factors to consider and everyone’s priorities are different. I feel like sometimes there is a breakdown in communication but nothing too serious. They actually sent out written acceptance letters when I applied and rejections were via email and letter. I needed to find a program that would allow me to work as a SLPA while attending grad school so their Summers Track program was my top choice 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from Ange1414 in How do I know if I can afford a program?   
    It really sucks because a masters is necessary to work as an SLP. It’s not just an extra degree to make extra money. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from arg72441 in California Interviews 2018!   
    Even with a 4.0 and average-high GREs, Cal State schools are difficult to get into because of the amount of applicants versus seats available. The ones that usually get in have good stats but also they likely attended the undergrad program. Even then, they only have 25-30 spots each year. Try not to feel bad...this does not reflect on your hard work and abilities. Your best bet will be Chapman but if you don’t get in this Fall, you should try the CSUN online program which takes applications starting around April (Spring start date)...I heard they take over 60 students so the chances are better  good luck! 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from KimberlyNC in Guidance for undergrad with goal of masters in bilingual SLP   
    Things I wish I knew when I was 18:
    1. major in CSD
    2. get as close to straight As as possible 
    3. volunteer during the summers (speech clinic, organizations for special needs, hospitals, etc.)
    CSD grad programs are highly competitive due to the amount of people trying to get in. A high GPA and GRE scores are important, as well as relevant work/volunteer experience. 
    I am not familiar with bilingual programs, but if there is a bilingual masters program, I would recommend going to their undergrad program as well. That way, there is a smooth transition  from bachelors to masters. Depending on your undergrad program, you will be required to complete certain courses to graduate...for example my undergrad program didn’t include a fluency course or neuroscience but other programs did. This caused some confusion when I applied to some masters programs because some required these courses. It would be much easier to go to the same school for undergrad and grad school because of these differences. Plus, many grad schools favor their own student. If you’re in CA and want to go to a Cal State school, I would highly recommend attending undergrad at whichever school you hope to do your masters in. It’s very difficult to get into a Cal State CSD masters program if you were not an undergrad there
     
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from Daniel998 in 2018 Speech Pathology Graduate Applicants   
    Unless you’re an undergrad at CSUF and have stellar stats, skip CSUF. Save your money because that school is almost impossible to get into (and not because it’s a great program). They have around 500 applicants for 20-something spots, which mostly go to their own undergrads. The person who is in charge of grad admissions is horrible...lots of miscommunication on her part. Seriously save $100 and don’t apply there. I’ve heard great things about Redlands (not so much about Chapman). Even if it’s expensive, $55000 really isn’t that much compared to other programs out there. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from snoves in 2018 Speech Pathology Graduate Applicants   
    Unless you’re an undergrad at CSUF and have stellar stats, skip CSUF. Save your money because that school is almost impossible to get into (and not because it’s a great program). They have around 500 applicants for 20-something spots, which mostly go to their own undergrads. The person who is in charge of grad admissions is horrible...lots of miscommunication on her part. Seriously save $100 and don’t apply there. I’ve heard great things about Redlands (not so much about Chapman). Even if it’s expensive, $55000 really isn’t that much compared to other programs out there. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from Louly in Should I get a B.A.? before grad school   
    You'll end up having to take the prerequisites as leveling courses in grad school..so grad school is going to take longer for you to complete and end up being more expensive. Why not take your  prerequsites some place like USU or ENMU (cheaper than leveling courses in grad school) then applying to grad school. 
    I'm also curious as to why you have picked speech pathology? You definitely want to make sure this is what you really want to do because it can end up being a very expensive life lesson if you end up not really enjoying it. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from Crimson Wife in Should I get a B.A.? before grad school   
    You'll end up having to take the prerequisites as leveling courses in grad school..so grad school is going to take longer for you to complete and end up being more expensive. Why not take your  prerequsites some place like USU or ENMU (cheaper than leveling courses in grad school) then applying to grad school. 
    I'm also curious as to why you have picked speech pathology? You definitely want to make sure this is what you really want to do because it can end up being a very expensive life lesson if you end up not really enjoying it. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from snoves in Do I have a chance?   
    I think it's important to reach out to your professors and ask for an LOR. Reach out to the professors where you earned an A, tell them about your volunteer work and your passion for the field...you need academic LORs. When I applied it was required that at least 2 out of the 3 were academic letters. 
    Don't limit yourself to schools that don't require GREs, especially if you're already afraid you're application isn't competitive enough. Study hard for the GREs because high GRE scores will offset your GPA. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from KEIM in SLPA in CA / NAU Summer Track and other questions...   
    Just an FYI...if the school you're applying to uses CSDCAS (third-party application system), they will break down your GPA into different areas like major GPA, cumulative GPA, etc. They also calculate ALL classes, even the ones you retook for better grades...they will calculate the first grade into your GPA. Even the ones you did an academic renewal on and had "erased" from your GPA ?
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from Eigen in Moving out of state   
    When I said that it was in response to the person saying they needed to establish residency for in-state tuition. Sorry for the confusion....to clarify, what I meant is that establishing residency for tuition purposes usually involves more than living in the state for 12 months when you've already enrolled in a program as a non-resident. I think some people mistakenly think that having a lease for 12 months in a new state will be enough but often it is not. Some schools require proof other than just your name on a utility bill or on a lease. They want to see you're working (not just going to school) in their state so they will ask for tax forms showing you have been working in the state. Or they ask for proof that you own (not lease) property in the state. Bottom line is that most schools are becoming more strict on who they consider a resident. These strict requirements are usually for the students that are trying to change their residency status with their school. Hopefully that person's school is more lenient with making that change. I just wanted to let her know that it might not be that easy.
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from tvl in A bit of encouragement for those unsure at the beginning of grad school   
    I just wanted to add that I've been a SLPA for almost two years and the self-confidence builds up very slowly. Don't be discouraged and remember that even experienced SLPs have bad therapy sessions and self-doubt. Learn from your mistakes...you actually learn a lot from reflecting back on what you could have done better...but know that it's completely normal to feel like a "failure".
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from Angelina92 in Opinion on my Assessment Plan for Mock Client.   
    People forget that C means average. When you are working with kids whose academics are impacted by their disability, earning a C is great. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from ThousandsHardships in help!! bilingual student applying for grad school   
    To be brutally honest, if your major GPA is low you might struggle quite a bit in a masters program. I don't want to be discouraging but there are some students that end up getting into a masters program for SLP and then end up getting kicked out for earning two C's...in the end they are stuck with a large amount of debt and no degree. You say you are not the hardest worker or a "school person"....do you still feel this way? Trust me, people can change over time (like me!) but grad school is an expensive place to find out. 
    If you feel that you have changed and you have grown to become a "school person" and a hard worker, and you are positive you want to move forward with grad school, make sure you have an awesome SOP (explaining your past grades), high GREs, strong LORs, gain some experience in the field, and earn As in all the classes you retake. But also be prepared and have a plan b just in case you do not get into a program. 
    This is a challenging field and the journey can feel pretty rough...but if you are willing to put in the hard work and you take the risk, I wish you all the luck in the world! 
     
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from SLP1719 in What Schools Are You Waiting On!?   
    If I were in your shoes, I would put down the deposit to Emerson but go to Redlands instead if you get in, even if you lose the deposit at Emerson. Having a sick parent is hard...it's what has kept me close to home. I don't think that's something you will look back at and ever regret. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from plume in What Schools Are You Waiting On!?   
    If I were in your shoes, I would put down the deposit to Emerson but go to Redlands instead if you get in, even if you lose the deposit at Emerson. Having a sick parent is hard...it's what has kept me close to home. I don't think that's something you will look back at and ever regret. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from jessie_lee in help!! bilingual student applying for grad school   
    To be brutally honest, if your major GPA is low you might struggle quite a bit in a masters program. I don't want to be discouraging but there are some students that end up getting into a masters program for SLP and then end up getting kicked out for earning two C's...in the end they are stuck with a large amount of debt and no degree. You say you are not the hardest worker or a "school person"....do you still feel this way? Trust me, people can change over time (like me!) but grad school is an expensive place to find out. 
    If you feel that you have changed and you have grown to become a "school person" and a hard worker, and you are positive you want to move forward with grad school, make sure you have an awesome SOP (explaining your past grades), high GREs, strong LORs, gain some experience in the field, and earn As in all the classes you retake. But also be prepared and have a plan b just in case you do not get into a program. 
    This is a challenging field and the journey can feel pretty rough...but if you are willing to put in the hard work and you take the risk, I wish you all the luck in the world! 
     
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from StPaulCCC in Cal State Fullerton   
    I hope CSUF reads these posts and does something about it...because for a program to keep someone like Dr. Tsao as their point of contact, after so many negative comments about her, says something too. And their total disregard to notify students of rejections is absolutely unprofessional...to tell an applicant that contacts her to "check their portal" when asking if they are waitlisted BUT not even notifying applicants that decisions are posted on the portal to begin with...that's rude. We paid a lot of money to apply and I don't know where that money is going to if not to support the application process. Especially since we now have to pay CSDCAS and they do all the transcript verification, LORs, etc. Correct me if I'm wrong but the CSU mentor fee did not get reduced with the implementation of CSDCAS. I can't help but feel this program just wants the fees from the hundreds of applicants that apply. 
    I applied to this school on a whim and what I experienced during the application process made me feel like I was scammed. I wanted to ask for a refund of my application fees about a month ago but I knew Dr. Tsao would give me the run around so I didn't bother. 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from lee09 in What Schools Are You Waiting On!?   
    Congrats!!! 
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from SpeechLaedy in Acceptances, Waitlists, Rejections 2017   
    I got my first response today...an interview with Emerson College (low residency)!!! I'm so excited and nervous!!! I won't be interviewing until mid-late March though...welp!
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from kayyyyy_ in NAU Summers Only   
    I saw some new acceptances into NAU today...not sure if it's for the summers track or full-time. If you have been accepted into the summers track I have a couple questions for you  thanks!!!
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    BeachySpeechy got a reaction from Speechster in Out Of Field Leveling Student or get SLPA license before SLP   
    It sounds like you might want to skip the associates program and just get your 2nd bachelors in CD. I second @Crimson Wife suggestion, USU has a great 2nd bachelors program. I did that program full-time and finished in 1 year. After you earn your bachelors, you would need to find an SLP to do your 25 hours of clinical experience for your SLPA license. You can qualify for school loans (no grants) for your 2nd bachelors as long as you take 6+ units. 
    You should also check around to see how the SLPA job market is in your surrounding area. I know Texas has had it rough with cuts to Medicaid. 
    Im applying to grad schools right now. So hopefully I'll start soon! The programs I applied to range from 2-3 years but I'm trying to get into programs that allow me to work as a SLPA while going to grad school. I need the $$$. 
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