Need education loan…

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by julianharry, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. julianharry macrumors newbie

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    From my childhood days I used to reorganize and decorate every part of my home. Now its high time to think about my career. The problem is that I belong to a middle class family so can’t bear heavy course fee. Can you please suggest me any university that apart from good studies, also offers financial aid to needy students?
     
  2. monoxera macrumors member

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    Are you eligible for FAFSA? have you taken a look? It's for students with low incomes ~
     
  3. chstr macrumors 6502a

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    I think every accredited university in the USA offers financial aid in the form of loans or grants based on need. First step is to contact a university's financial aid office and apply for the FAFSA as was earlier stated.
     
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  5. carollaura macrumors newbie

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    You can also check for online degree if you are able to afford that. With it you can reduce your overhead expenditure such as commuting expenses. Some online universities also offer financial aid facility to the needy students.
     
  6. julianharry thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you know any such university offering accredited online degree? Moreover, I need to talk to the university authority about the overall course fee and financial aid facility.
     
  7. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    My school, Stevens Henager (stevenshenager.edu) is accredited, and the online programs are sweet. They give students enrolling in the graphic design bachelor and associates programs Macbooks. That's how I got mine anyways. They also give you Adobe Creative Suite CS4. So if you don't have a computer or design software, you get hooked up. It's yours too.

    All I did was apply online at FAFSA.gov I think and then it was approved in like a few hours. All I had to do was contact the school and their financial aid dept. helped me with the rest. Been at it for 3 months now and love it. I am doing the 3 year bachelors in graphic arts program.

    This is my curriculum:
    Web page design fudamentals
    Illustrator basics
    photoshop
    page layout tools
    graphic design 1
    typography
    print production and color theory
    graphic design 2
    information design
    web design
    logo and identity design
    layout design
    package design
    advertising design
    flash
    portfolio design
    web portfolio design
    advanced color theory
    inter. photoshop
    inter. illustrator
    graphic design 3
    branding and identity
    advanced print production
    graphic design business management
    flash animation
    flash action scripting
    advanced logo design
    advanced package design
    advanced illustrator
    advanced photoshop
    advanced advertising design 2
    digital photography
    design capstone project
    marketing
    internet commerce
    advertising principles
    advanced marketing
    selling and sales management
    organizational design and change
    psychology of motivation
    professional development

    I am plugging away through the generals before I get into the "meat" of the program. So far it is awesome. Online free tutoring during the day with the built in cam and mic in my mac. You push a button to raise your hand lol. It's pretty killer. The classes are good, and challenging.

    I would recommend that you take a look at least. They have classes starting every few weeks. If you don't do the graphic design degree, then you have others to choose from. They give the other programs HP Laptops.

    I qualified for 5,000$ each semester with my Pell Grant, and I Stafford Loaned the rest. I won't have to start paying that part back till 6 months after I graduate. That is when I have to start making loan payments. But for the next three years, I have no worries. And my macbook/software.

    The only thing I really want to buy is a Waacom Tablet. I am a great sketch artist and I feel my logos and such will benefit greatly from it.
    I have a site up http://jbeck.blackapplehost.com , it's going to have my portfolio and everything related to my academic life. Check it out.

    Online schooling really is awesome. It is challenging, especially when you are in a decent school. Your pass/fail ratio is adapted for the online experience. So tests are timed, and you usually only get one shot, two max to take it.
     
  8. BertyBoy macrumors 6502

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    Err, you could get a job.

    I carried 4 jobs to get me through university. All part-time, paying just over minimum wage, designed to fit around my lectures. From collecting and washing empty beer glasses, to working in shops, to (Mac) computer lab supervision. It's called "character-building" and it'll help immensely when you look for a real job.

    Despite the part-time nature, if you apply yourself, whoever you work for will want to work full-time, even evenings and weekends. Then the money starts rolling in.
     
  9. Beanlok macrumors regular

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    I work full time (3rd shift) and attend full time state University. I have student loans through the FAFSA. I would recommend you attend a University as opposed to a community college or online college. The quality of online schooling is poor at best. Especially for art/design; you don't get that hands on instruction online. Having a diploma from an accredited university is going to give you an advantage. It shows that you have worked your ass off (not to mention if you carried a job while attending school.) It shows more dedication. Also your portfolio will look 1000X better. These qualities are what design firms are looking for.
    If you had 100 portfolios to go through, as an employer, and you narrowed them down to two, one with an online BA, and one Uni BA, which would you choose?
     
  10. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    They are right. A uni degree does look better. /but if you do take the
    online route you do need to do some extra things to make yourself
    more "enticing" to employers.
    1) Take your classes very serious and study extra hard. Immerse
    yourself in them and practice everything 100x more than required.

    2) Start shopping for internships. I don't mean asking for them or
    submitting your resume, just looking for places you would like to
    get good job experience at. When the time comes and you have your
    portfolio ready, then submit it.

    3) Try to find a job (part time) in some area of graphic arts, i.e. newspaper,
    print shops etc. On the job experience will look better and net you that
    higher wage.

    4) Don't settle for just as associates degree. If you are going to do it,
    go for at least a BA.

    5) Start a website. Maintain it. Add art as you design it and get a fan/
    peer base. Add it to your resume and when the time comes you can
    present that as part of your portfolio.

    6) Continue your education if you can after you graduate. I am going to get an associates from a local university here after I graduate from my
    online uni. The more the better. Get that portfolio pumping!

    7) Get certificates. They will make you look better. Extra-curricular activites like these help you in a massively positive way. Networking,
    A+, although not related to designing directly, will help your portfolio.
    Get certified in Adobe Photoshop / Products if your uni offers it.

    8) Get the tools you need. Waacom tablets, laser mice, extra monitors,
    whatever. The right tools for the right job.

    9) Learn more. Use the included DVD with Adobe Creative Suite CS4 Design, check design manuals from the library out. Interview designers,
    etc. The more you know, the easier time you will have.

    10)Don't give up. Submit your portfolio to design websites, make business
    cards, put yourself "out there."

    If you keep that mentality, you will be a success @ your online university.
    Even if your in a traditional school, on campus, practice these techniques.
    You'll make it. You just have to want it bad enough. ;)
    Premium. If you get it with your college.
     
  11. julianharry thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for providing this link as it helped me a lot to clear almost all my doubts and paved the way to pursue my online degree.
     

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