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  1. Hi All, I'm well aware that the answer to this question is going to vary widely by particular program, course, and even concentration. That said, I'm curious about how many hours a week you spend on each graduate class that you are taking. Perhaps a high and low range would be helpful? I'll be starting a PhD program in the Fall, and realized I will be attending class for only 8 hours a week (3 classes). After living by a 45-hour work week for the past two years, I don't know how to anticipate structuring this time, and would appreciate your insight. Will the reading alone easily take up 40 hours a week? Should I think about getting a job on the side? What has your experience been? Thanks.
  2. Granted, I wasn't in the same *exact* position as you (I only have a BA), but I understand the feeling of disillusionment all too well. I was shut out of top programs (the only programs to which I naively applied) two years in a row. But don't despair! I spent this summer re-working my writing sample/reaching out to new programs, and was accepted into a couple of different strong (top 30-20) programs this time around. My point is simply that you shouldn't give up, regardless of how trying the application process is. If this is what you want to do with your life, keep looking into different programs and keep reworking your writing samples: there is a good chance you will find the right fit eventually!
  3. So, after not getting into CUNY's PhD program, I just received a letter in the mail inviting me to do their MA program. At this point I have other solid offers in reputable PhD programs, so this isn't something I'm considering. That said, I'm wondering why I was offered a place in the MA program and not waitlisted for the PhD program. Does this mean that at some point I was on some sort of a waitlist, or that they immedaitely put my application in that pile? This whole process is such a mystery to me. Any ideas?
  4. Hello All, I've been offered a generous yearly stipend (one year fellowship and 4 years guaranteed TAship, plus tuition reimbursement) from a PhD program that I will be attending in the Fall. After looking into cost of living, however, I would like to take out a loan (about 6,000 dollars a year) to help cover housing and living expenses over the next five years. So, how should I be going about getting a loan for these sorts of expenses? Should I fill out the FAFSA or go directly to a bank to request student loans? The fact that my education is technically being paid for (and that I am being paid to attend) makes me question if I can still get unsubsidized educational loans. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  5. Well, that's somewhat comforting. But nope, I'm extremely frugal and my friends are generally shocked that I am able to survive in NYC given my budget. One of the areas I'm considering for grad school is outside of DC--where the rent is supposed to be comparable to that of NYC--hence my concern. Granted, I'd like to be able to upgrade from having roommates to a studio or small one-bedroom, so I expect that will cost me. I'll certainly be asking around when I visit with departments over the next two weeks! Again, thanks for all of the advice.
  6. I was waitlisted at Tufts a while ago via e-mail. Don't know if that helps on the speculation end of things, but thought you might want to know.
  7. Thanks for the useful feedback, everyone! So, assuming that you are offered between 15-20k of support (comprised of scholarships and TAships), is it assumed that the PhD candidate will be able to subside off of that funding? Given the cost of living, that seems highly improbably. Are you expected to dig into savings, take out additional loans, and/or take on part-time work to account for further living expenses? Have you found that working during the summers can supplement your funding adequately? Basically, I'm trying to calculate how much debt I'll be walking away with! I think living in NYC is skewing my perception of how much this is going to cost me (where I spend about 29,000 a year on living alone)!
  8. Hi All, I've recently been admitted to two of my top choices for Philosophy PhD programs. Both programs have offered me tuition reimbursement, a TAship, medical coverage, and a scholarship/funding, but I'm having a hard time figuring out which of these universities is offering me a financially "better" deal. I understand that the standard of living will vary region to region and that different schools have different resources, but is there a "standard" number against which I could be judging my options? Any advice (or personal experiences) would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
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