kellybakeswell Posted April 13, 2010 Share Posted April 13, 2010 Hi! This is my first time posting so please forgive any message board mess-ups. Here's the deal. I've gotten in to my top choice graduate program for my Masters in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute at Chicago. This is fantastic! I have received some grant money and some loan money. I have been working a fun although poor-paying job since the completion of my undergraduate degree in 2008 so have little money to contribute. This would be fine as I have saved some money - but of course, I fracture my right hand and have some weird pinched nerve in my elbow. At this point, I am unable to work and am still awaiting disability/potential surgery so not only am I not saving, I am spending what I have saved to pay rent/eat. In this turn of events, I have heard back from my prospective graduate schools. SAIC is just as expensive as the other schools I've applied to (CCA, NYU, etc..) and has offered me the best package. Is it totally unheard of to speak with your future advisor/financial aid to lay out a changing financial need situation? Do schools try to help out Masters students if they ask? I had fantastic luck with my undergraduate institution with this, as they had the money and would give it to you if you asked, basically. I have almost no undergraduate loans because of it. I'm just wondering how this game is played and I certainly don't want to step on any toes, especially of those that may help me out later on! Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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