Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 94

Anyone out there have info on the school in Arecibo, PR? It is a 24 month program that begins in August. I'd love to hear anything, thanks. zzzzzgirl... Read More

  1. by   AlaBro2010
    Veronica, well I'm honestly glad it's over haha. I didn't have my bachelors but I did take over 20 credits needed for the accelerated program June and July before the program started. All I had to finish the Inter's requirements were two Spanish classes. I manage to get through with a combo of student loans, grants and the honors scholarship.

    For the honors program you either have to enter as a first year student or have 30 credits at the school. You need a 3.9 to get the full scholarship and I think it's a 3.7 and the program will pay half. You need to attend two honors event per trimester (some are really interesting- but in Spanish). Volunteer work is also encouraged. You also have to take two honors courser per year, there is one professor who is great and it's more of a seminar type class than a lecture with tests.
  2. by   tmp25
    Quote from Belle1005
    Veronica, well I'm honestly glad it's over haha. I didn't have my bachelors but I did take over 20 credits needed for the accelerated program June and July before the program started. All I had to finish the Inter's requirements were two Spanish classes. I manage to get through with a combo of student loans, grants and the honors scholarship.

    For the honors program you either have to enter as a first year student or have 30 credits at the school. You need a 3.9 to get the full scholarship and I think it's a 3.7 and the program will pay half. You need to attend two honors event per trimester (some are really interesting- but in Spanish). Volunteer work is also encouraged. You also have to take two honors courser per year, there is one professor who is great and it's more of a seminar type class than a lecture with tests.
    Thank you for that info!!!
  3. by   VeronicaR
    Quote from Belle1005
    Veronica, well I'm honestly glad it's over haha. I didn't have my bachelors but I did take over 20 credits needed for the accelerated program June and July before the program started. All I had to finish the Inter's requirements were two Spanish classes. I manage to get through with a combo of student loans, grants and the honors scholarship.For the honors program you either have to enter as a first year student or have 30 credits at the school. You need a 3.9 to get the full scholarship and I think it's a 3.7 and the program will pay half. You need to attend two honors event per trimester (some are really interesting- but in Spanish). Volunteer work is also encouraged. You also have to take two honors courser per year, there is one professor who is great and it's more of a seminar type class than a lecture with tests.
    Belle, When it comes time to start dealing with loans and financial aid do you mind if I reach out to you for help/advice? That is the part I am most unsure about. Where my money will come from? And what needs to be in order before I make my visit and register and before I move. ThanksVeronica
  4. by   AlaBro2010
    Feel free to ask me whatever or message me. I have my ways of finding ways to avoid going into financial aid which I'm willing to share but not with the entire world
  5. by   snowshyne
    Quote from feetinthedirt
    If you go in late March, let me know! We could do some investigating together. I will be there the 20th to April 3rd.

    Kelly
    That would be great! I'm still not sure when I will be going, but I'll keep you posted. Also, I just sent you a PM.
  6. by   snowshyne
    Quote from VeronicaR
    If you go in May let me know have you sent in your application already. I think I want to handle all the paperwork in person. I'm a little weary about sending all my paperwork through mail, in case it gets "lost" or something. Veronica
    I have not sent in my application yet. I feel the same way you do - I would rather go to the school directly to get everything handled. I have called the school a few times with general questions last year, but I got mixed information when I called. So I would rather just go there and do it all in person.

    I will definitely let you know if I go in May. Do you know when in May you are going? I still have no idea when I am going, but I'll be sure to post on here when I have a better idea.
  7. by   VeronicaR
    Quote from snowshyne
    I have not sent in my application yet. I feel the same way you do - I would rather go to the school directly to get everything handled. I have called the school a few times with general questions last year, but I got mixed information when I called. So I would rather just go there and do it all in person.I will definitely let you know if I go in May. Do you know when in May you are going? I still have no idea when I am going, but I'll be sure to post on here when I have a better idea.
    I am planning for late May but nothing is definite yet. There is so much to consider but I just want to go and start school and be done! To be honest I'm a little scared to move by myself but I know it's a good decision for my future. And thanks to Belle I'll have some kind of guidance for the financial end. My plan is visit in May to figure out if i can see myself living there by myself and hopefully after visiting, it will get me fired up to just do it and stop being scared! Lol I've never been before so I'm just scared of the unknown. so it would be great to meet someone there
  8. by   VeronicaR
    Hi I'm just posting to meet my 15 posts that allows me to send private messages hope everyone is well
  9. by   calijenn
    hey veronica, i applied, got accepted and picked up and moved to PR in one month last minute. i had never been to PR LOL but i just packed up and left. when you want something bad just go for it dont be scared! i was a bit scared cause not only did i move here not even knowing where to go or what it looked like, i didnt even have a place to stay and i had never lived by myself before. but i been here since novemeber and everythings great! i feel like no matter how much you plan and schedule things somethings always goes wrong. everyones had there fair shares of things going wrong its probably a few months till you adjust. dont be scared though just do it!
  10. by   calijenn
    if it helps i thought about planning a trip and blah blah but when i calculated it a trip would cost one months rent. its definately not like in the states and the schools looks and feels like a big community college but its a quicker route than most schools at home. people graduating this may are passing there nclex exams too so i honestly think no matter what school you choose studying is the biggest thing, only way you will pass. but i think you will love the island. i dont live near the school but on the beach, i cant imagine living here and not be on the beach lol i dont know how some of my friends do it hahahha
  11. by   VeronicaR
    Quote from calijenn
    if it helps i thought about planning a trip and blah blah but when i calculated it a trip would cost one months rent. its definately not like in the states and the schools looks and feels like a big community college but its a quicker route than most schools at home. people graduating this may are passing there nclex exams too so i honestly think no matter what school you choose studying is the biggest thing, only way you will pass. but i think you will love the island. i dont live near the school but on the beach, i cant imagine living here and not be on the beach lol i dont know how some of my friends do it hahahha
    That's inspiring! How hard was getting your finances together? That's my top concern along with going alone lol. But this thread makes me feel comfortable reaching out to people for help. I was thinking the same thing about wasting money on trip to visit and then turn around and pay for moving costs. Are you from California? Do you mind giving me an estimate of your moving costs? If you feel more comfortable messaging me that's fine too
  12. by   calijenn
    yeah i hear ya thats probably the only thing i would say is super stressful besides not having a car but then again i chose to live away from the school i dont like the area lol. but its about 3k per trimester so i applied for federal stafford loans and those cover most, im always left with a balance of under 1k or 500 but you get a $300 scholarship from the school and if u apply at the Internation relations office for another $300 scholarship and get it thats another chunk taken away, all you have to do is write a paper about how you need the money lol. its very easy, and if your over 21 you can defer the payments in three, so you make one payment every three months and it should'nt be much if you pulled stafford loans. last trimester i probbaly paid about $500, this trimester im paying $400 out of pocket. i didnt pull any private loans so food, gas, car and rent i have to pay but thank god my parents are helping me. i moved to ocean park which is hella cheaper than isla verde and so my costs are'nt high but my im gonna find a part time job and take over my bills.
    first step is appling for FAFSA and see where you stand though because everyones situation is different. Honors program will pay your tuition also if you get into that program, i barely found out about it but my second trimester just started so i think its too late so ill probably apply in august
  13. by   hihopes22
    Calijenn,

    I will be attending La Inter in the Fall. Just out of curiosity, paying out of pocket does that include the possible extra in loans if you write a letter? Or did you choose not to request any extra since your parents do help you. Just curious and want to be prepared. Thanks!

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