Loan Shark

When I left school for medical leave last spring there was one big downside, besides the obvious fact of being a trimester behind in classes, but also all of my loans started into their deferment period.

Show Me The Money
When I signed up for classes this fall most of my loan companies put my loans back on deferment, with the exception of one.I am working with them now to get the issue resolved but it made me think that of all the posts that have been written on ‘The Dish’, to my knowledge there haven’t been much talk about financing your college tuition.

You CAN Go to That School
I have heard so many people say that they cannot go to the school that they want because it is too expensive.While I can certainly understand that you might be limited from a Ivy League school for your Ph.D where the cost of tuition is more than some homes, but you can go to any school you want.The first thing you need to do is go and file your FAFSA application.If you haven’t heard of FAFSA before, it is the federal program to help you obtain scholarships and federal loans.Once you have filed your FAFSA your school will inform you of what scholarships, awards, and federal loans you have received.Trust me, even if you don’t think you will get anything you should apply…you might be surprised!

Scholarships and Loans
If after that you still need assistance, there are countless numbers of scholarships to apply to.Try Fastweb for a quick and easy way to filter through thousands of scholarships and grants that you could apply to.The next step from there is to get a college loan.Most major banks offer college loans at a great rate but also ask your school for a list of companies that supply student loans to your school.Another thing about college loans that most students don’t know is that you can borrow more than just the cost of your tuition to help you with books, extra fees, and even living costs.

So, now you’re thinking; but what about after college?Don’t stress out just yet!There is a program called Income Based Repayment or IBR, that can help you reduce the monthly payment or even defer all payments.Another option is to consolidate you private loans, this can help to reduce your interest rate and even your monthly payment.If emergencies happen in your life, like losing your job or serious illness; most loan companies offer forbearances for a temporary time.

Don’t Give Up
Just remember that there are always ways to make any of your dreams happen, and that starts by attending college.Just because you think that college that you would love to attend is too expensive for you, doesn’t mean you can’t make it happen.

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            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
            • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
            • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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            • Received the 2015 and 2013 “Cooking School of the Year” Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • Externship opportunities are available at numerous famous New York City restaurants.
            • Campus is located near downtown Manhattan, within walking distance of many popular attractions such as the Radio City Music Hall.
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            • Students get real-world experience through the required externship at the end of the program.
            • Curriculum includes laboratory sessions, academic preparation and hands-on experience.
            • Program objectives are to provide students with skills needed for cooking wholesome, attractive, food preparations and to assist graduates in obtaining positions in the food service industry.
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            • Hands-on culinary education with focused attention on each student
            • An ACCSC School of Excellence with multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards*
            • 15,000 graduates, including celebrities like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Christina Tosi*
            • Programs in Culinary Entrepreneurship, Professional Culinary Arts, Professional Pastry Arts, and much more
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            • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
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            • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
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            Lackawanna College is the premier, private, accredited two-year college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a focus on keeping higher education affordable and accessible to our immediate community, Lackawanna draws 80 percent of its student population right from our own region.

            With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.

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            L'Ecole Culinaire , Kansas City
            • Offers educational opportunities for the aspiring, career-minded chef.
            • Students are trained by professional chefs and spend the majority of their final term working in the campus restaurant to learn all phases of the culinary industry.
            • St. Louis campus offers new Food Truck Entrepreneurship courses.
            • Has a student-run food truck that tours around St. Louis.
            • All campuses have a public restaurant where food is prepared and served by students.
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