my question is very similar to the one below me. i've been accepted to MMC for the fall of 2008, bt MMC obviously is super expensive. my parents are willing to give me a certain amount per semester, but i'm basically responsible for gathering the rest (like...20k per year). how are some of you guys paying for your tuition? i know about fastweb.com scholarships and stuff, but i'd have to do like 20 of those to equal a semester. and i have a job, but it's part-time and i'll basically be able to contribute nothing. i'd loovveee to attend, but i do NOT want to be more than like, 30k in student loans when i graduate.
I'm assuming that you didn't get any significant scholarships from the school itself? Places like FastWeb are like winning the lottery, everyone enters those scholarships and I've never known anyone who has every "won" one of them. Are there any local scholarships in your town that you are eligible for? I'd go down that route because you may be able to get a few hundred if you qualify.
Honestly though, MMC is expensive and you most likely won't be able to go there without having significant student loan debt, especially if you're living in the dorms.
My best advice is to switch to full-time work over the summer and save like crazy. MMC does have a payment plan where you can pay monthly from July to like November instead of in one lump sum like at other schools. But that still won't keep you out of student loan problems. What I suggested to the poster below was to attend MMC part-time and work in the city full-time. You'll have less debt however the downside is that you'll take much longer to graduate.
Unfortunately unless you're extremely rich or extremely poor it's impossible to go to college in the USA without any student loan debt.
I didn't get any scholarships. I have savings enough for a full year without taking out any loans with enough left over to help me settle in the city (I'm getting an apartment, not doing dorms).
After that it will loans federal first since I'll be in the middle of my junior year by then so I get the maximum amount of money. Then I'll do the private loan route unless I am able to get some sort of scholarships from the college or am able to save up half of tuition a year.
If I really am in a rut financially I will do the part-time school/ full-time working route.
It's a kind of a free database for scholarships across the country. You input your information in it and then it will select ones that you're eligible for; which usually adds up to over 100 different ones. Some are very specific essay kinds of things and others are where you just fill out a form and then they select randomly.
It's very rare that you ever win everything since millions of people across the country enter them, though you can get lucky of course. Like I said, I've never known anyone to win even one of them but it's always worth a shot if you have the time to do them.