UCONN CEIN 2014 - page 10

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  1. by   heb06004
    I was curious if anybody from last year's applicants has any insight for me... I was curious if anybody had issues getting financial aid (loans in particular) for a second bachelor's. I'm taking prereqs this fall at qvcc and I'm having difficulty getting financial aid because I already have a degree. Because of this, I am wondering if I'll have issues if I get into the CEIN program due to already having a bachelor's. I know everybody has different situations, but I figured I'd throw the question out there!
  2. by   INN_777
    Hi heb06004,

    I am in CEIN now. You do get federal loans - no problem, unless you have exceeded your max federal loan limit with previous academics. What second degree students do not get usually is the scholarships (free money). The school did send us some scholarship options to apply for but there are only a few and they are not for a large amount. So this type of financial aid is different from what you get when you are packaged for 1st bachelors.

    Hope this helps.
  3. by   heb06004
    Yes it does! Thank you! Turns out the community college just doesn't offer loans in general. >_> And the grants and scholarships aren't offered either like you mentioned as well. But of course it did make me wonder if I'd have issues with a 2nd Bachelor's, so I appreciate the firsthand knowledge.
  4. by   heb06004
    I'm sorry if this has already been answered in this thread, but I was curious if anybody currently in the CEIN program is still managing to work part time, and if so how many hours do you work per week? Do you feel you could or should be working more or less? Before I tell my employer I'll be gone come January, I'm curious how others have done with working part time during this program.
  5. by   INN_777
    Hi heb!

    I started out the first semester working 10 hours/week at a corporate job - consulting type work. I had to go in twice a week * 5 hours. Sounds like not a lot, but it was hard. The time to get ready, get to work, get back from work adds up. Plus the work I did was very intellectually involved, so when I got home, I couldn't just go straight to studying, had to chill a little.

    Long story short, at the end of March I gave the job up in order to focus on studies. There is always so much going on. First and last semesters are the most intense and there is the most multitasking involved. I just couldn't pull off having a job.

    That said, there are people in the program who do some work. I dont think anybody works more than 8-10 hours.

    Now, of course, we all have different bandwidth, different memory, different org skills. So maybe some can pull it off better than others. You know yourself, so try to factor that in. Maybe, if you can, start the program, give it a month or two, see how it goes and if you feel you can handle it, then start working.
  6. by   heb06004
    Thank you for your insight! I'm hoping to get decent enough loans to not have to worry too much about money (basically I'll be happy it it'll cover bills AND tuition lol), but I'd definitely like to work at least a few hours a week if possible!
  7. by   turtlesRcool
    There are quite a few people in my campus location who are working. Several are working as PCA/PCTs in hospital settings, one is an LPN, a few are waitressing, and one is even teaching a section of a lab science at a community college (don't know how she has the brainwaves left for that, but she's quite bright). It's not ideal to work, but it's definitely doable, and those who work usually put in 1-2 days per week. Others have small children who take up more time than a job, but it's not like you can say to your 5-year-old, "see ya next year, kiddo, mommy/daddy needs to study." I study when I can, sometimes in short bursts. I got e-books; I can access my texts from my phone when I have some unexpected downtime. I read when I'm waiting for my oil change, when I'm in the dentist's office, or when someone else is driving. You can find enough time to work, go to school, and study, but you have to be disciplined enough to turn off the TV or sometimes say no to friends who want to go out. You also have to know when you need to take a break and go for a jog or meet a friend for coffee (or something stronger) to keep from overloading. It's an intense year, but I keep reminding myself that it is ONLY a year.
  8. by   INN_777
    Friends? What friends?

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