You CAN Afford Grad School!

I have to tell you, I’ve been a little stressed lately. Okay, I’ve been REALLY stressed out lately.

I’m not sure if you know this, but I am in two graduate programs at the moment. There have been many times that I have wanted to quit grad school, but my wonderful friends and family always encourage me to keep going.

This semester has actually been amazing, though. I’m thankful that I serve a God who cares for His children and help them survive difficult moments like being in (2) graduate programs:)

This is not me, but it reminded me of what I look like every weekend (especially when deadlines are nearby).

On December 14, 2019 I will graduate from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Curriculum & Instruction. SHSU has been a phenomenal school and I could not be more pleased with the professors at staff at Sam. It has truly been an amazing experience and I have grown so much as a teacher!

In December of 2020 I will graduate from Texas A&M University – College Station with a degree in Educational Administration. I have lived in Aggieland most of my married life, and my husband is an Aggie. I will look forward to getting that Aggie ring in one year and am excited to be accepted into a cohort. Whoop!

I decided to apply for FAFSA when I thought about attending school at Sam three years ago. I have received $6,8000 worth of scholarships while at Sam. The greatest part is that I only applied for (1) scholarship. I received most of my free money during the summer term. I’m thinking that when there is money left over, they will use it on just about anybody and everybody to use it up (this is my opinion).

One thing that I have learned about FAFSA is that all scholarships go through the FAFSA portal. So, if you don’t sign up…you won’t receive aid.

As far as A&M, I applied for a program geared towards educating leaders on how to better meet the needs of English Learners. Our superintendent sent out an email with all the information and I decided to apply. I was accepted for the Fall 2019 cohort and will receive $9,000 throughout the Master’s program.

I also applied for a scholarship and today I learned that I received an additional $5,000 for Fall and Sprint of 2019/2020 which will cover my tuition/fees almost completely.

I called Financial Aid a few weeks ago worried about how I was going to pay $900 every month. I was asked if I wanted them to send me the loan informational again. It’s been 8 years since my husband and I have taken out loans and I just didn’t feel comfortable with telling them “Yes!”. So, I waited.

Here’s my take on loans. If you sign up for student loans, then you might just be denying yourself a blessing. Also, I feel like once you open the door to take the loan route, you are telling the university “No!” when it comes to receiving grants and scholarships (money that does NOT have to be paid back). So, think twice before taking out loans and see if you can pay in cash.

God opened a huge door with that grant I just received and I want to assure you that if you wait on Him, huge doors will open for you as well. Everything is in HIS timing and our faith grows when we wait on him.

Contact me with questions, please. I love helping people find FREE money.

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

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