c3honey84 Posted June 9, 2015 Share Posted June 9, 2015 (edited) I am still waiting to hear if I am being offered an assistantship or not, and that has gotten me thinking about other options. GMU requires all GTA's to teach three labs per semester (which is more than other schools from what I have heard) and the stipend is only $15,000 or $1250 per month. My rent is $1000 per month...so how am I supposed to live on $250 per month! I'm married, so a roommate is not an option and my husband's salary barely pays all of his bills so living off his salary is not an option. However, if I do not accept a GTA position and use student loans to pay for my Master's, I would have extra time to work a real job AND go to school, and hopefully make a lot more than what I would be making from the GTA. I would avoid the struggle of balancing my time between courses, research, and teaching the labs. And obviously I would not have to pay back the loans until after I graduate. What do you guys think? Edited June 9, 2015 by c3honey84 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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