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  1. The answer to this is probably a simple no. However, this MA program suits my interests best, I am interested in multiple faculty members' work, and they have many job positions in initiatives I'm passionate about; I was already planning to hopefully get a graduate associate or TA job at one of their centers (with research that's exactly what I want to pursue). Everything about this program seems perfect except for the recent lack of funding (the biggest factor). Does this program have the prestige that makes it worth it, even without funding? It doesn't help that this is my only acceptance so far (I applied to both PhDs and one other MA but no other acceptances yet). If its name and prestige makes the job market and acceptance into a great PhD easier, then maybe it's worth it. I'm really torn, I'm also first in my family to go to grad school in English, so I'd love some guidance on this.
  2. Dears, I have been accepted to Phd in chemical engg for the Fall 2018, but without any financial assistance. Is there anyone who got accepted and how to proceed for teaching/research assistantships? Thanks
  3. Hello, I am in quite an unusual situation. I got an admit to the PhD program in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. Unfortunately, my admit was not funded. When I inquired with the committee and asked if I can terminate my education with a Masters degree, they said I can do that. This is what I would most likely be doing. Now that I received my I20 (which is for a PhD admit), would I face any trouble during the VISA interview? Something like "how are you going to manage your funding for a phd program, and why do you think you did not receive any funding for the program?". Would it have any negative effect if I explain the situation and say that I would return with a Masters Degree if I can't get funding after I go to the university? Any kind of help regarding this is appreciated.
  4. I received an offer with currently no mention of any funding. My POI has stated that the funding evaluations are going on and the results will be out by mid-September. Do you think I should accept the offer? What I planned for is to take a loan for the first year and wait for the mid-September results. If I do get funded, I shall return the loan to the bank. However, if I do not get any funding, I am thinking of paying for the first year with the bank loan, study and apply to other schools for transfer with full funding. Do you think my strategy is viable?
  5. I was admitted by Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University without funding. The program ranks 27 out of 52 HDFS programs. Is it a good choice to take that? Does anyone also receive admission from that program? I would love to know your decision. Thank you!
  6. I am still waiting for two more programs' decisions. I got accepted to the UCSB without funding (PhD in education). Nothing about funding was mentioned in the decision/welcome email. It seems like it is quite common that the UCSB does not offer funding to new students. Hmm...what would you do?
  7. I notice a lot of people have posted about this topic, both this year and in the past, but it's all very specific about their programs or someone is talking about PhDs, which is really a differently entity entirely. Of course, this issue is one I am dealing with, but I think it's also a good topic to explore more hypothetically as well, so I've amended the information to make it more generic, and perhaps more helpful for the GradCafe community at large. So, here's the question: Is it worth paying for a Master's degree? The (hypothetical) situation: You have been accepted to a Master's program at your top pick. Funding is more rare for Master's in most fields(this one included), and no offer has been (or is expected to be) made. The school is high-ranked, there are several professors in the department doing relevant and interesting research, and the courses are also relevant and interesting. The cost to attend until degree completion would be around $50,000 USD, and would be born almost entirely by loans, private and government. There is already undergraduate debt, but less than $15,000. Other schools have also offered acceptance, but with similar funding issues. Is it worth paying for this degree? Would you consider the situation differently if there were a full funding offer from another school, but with lower-ranking, only 1 or maybe 2 professors doing relevant work, less-relevant coursework, and possibly, less opportunities? Is paying for a good Master's degree and getting the name recognition, networking potential, and opportunity potential worth the amount of debt incurred? What do you think?
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