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Old 03-10-2006, 04:59 PM   #1  
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im a high school senior, and i have dreamed to fly the day i first saw the chicago air and water show when i was 10. Ive been accepted to Florida Tech, University of Dubuque, and Lewis University. As of today, Ive recieved a 10,000 grant from FIT (florida tech), a 7,000 per year university of dubuque scholarship, and a currently unknown scholarship amount from Lewis University. Due to my familys poor income and financial standing, i will be paying my way through college. My dilemna is, well i really really want to go to FIT. I visited the ERAU, Arizona State, Lewis, Dubuque, Purdue, Southern Illinois, and none of them impressed me more than FIT did. That place is something else, and i would recommend it to anyone as the top aviation program out there (at least from my perspective). However, due to my familys finances, it will be difficult to attend FIT, and a lot of schools for that matter. my questions are . . .

1) Would you recommend taking out loans up the wazoo (talking above 90,000) and paying it off? any life stories or tips people want to share on that?

2) Does anyone know of any scholarships out there besides the well known ones (any under-the-radar scholarships)?

3) Does anyone have any other ideas on how to afford school?

thanks guys!! (please dont turn this into a college bashing argument thanks!)
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im a high school senior, and i have dreamed to fly the day i first saw the chicago air and water show when i was 10. Ive been accepted to Florida Tech, University of Dubuque, and Lewis University. As of today, Ive recieved a 10,000 grant from FIT (florida tech), a 7,000 per year university of dubuque scholarship, and a currently unknown scholarship amount from Lewis University. Due to my familys poor income and financial standing, i will be paying my way through college. My dilemna is, well i really really want to go to FIT. I visited the ERAU, Arizona State, Lewis, Dubuque, Purdue, Southern Illinois, and none of them impressed me more than FIT did. That place is something else, and i would recommend it to anyone as the top aviation program out there (at least from my perspective). However, due to my familys finances, it will be difficult to attend FIT, and a lot of schools for that matter. my questions are . . .

1) Would you recommend taking out loans up the wazoo (talking above 90,000) and paying it off? any life stories or tips people want to share on that?

2) Does anyone know of any scholarships out there besides the well known ones (any under-the-radar scholarships)?

3) Does anyone have any other ideas on how to afford school?

thanks guys!! (please dont turn this into a college bashing argument thanks!)
Join the Air National Guard. Most states pay 100% tuition if you attend a state school. Get a part-time enlisted job somewhere in ops, work hard, and you may get a pilot slot when you graduate! www.goang.com
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im a high school senior, and i have dreamed to fly the day i first saw the chicago air and water show when i was 10. Ive been accepted to Florida Tech, University of Dubuque, and Lewis University. As of today, Ive recieved a 10,000 grant from FIT (florida tech), a 7,000 per year university of dubuque scholarship, and a currently unknown scholarship amount from Lewis University. Due to my familys poor income and financial standing, i will be paying my way through college. My dilemna is, well i really really want to go to FIT. I visited the ERAU, Arizona State, Lewis, Dubuque, Purdue, Southern Illinois, and none of them impressed me more than FIT did. That place is something else, and i would recommend it to anyone as the top aviation program out there (at least from my perspective). However, due to my familys finances, it will be difficult to attend FIT, and a lot of schools for that matter. my questions are . . .

1) Would you recommend taking out loans up the wazoo (talking above 90,000) and paying it off? any life stories or tips people want to share on that?

2) Does anyone know of any scholarships out there besides the well known ones (any under-the-radar scholarships)?

3) Does anyone have any other ideas on how to afford school?

thanks guys!! (please dont turn this into a college bashing argument thanks!)
Check out the University of North Dakota. Only takes 6 or 12 months to get residency, (tuition way cheaper). You won't pay 90K for a degree and all of your ratings through CFII. I financed all of my college with stafford loans, pell grants and a few scholarships here and there. I realize it isn't sunny FL, but you have to decide what you want, a school for the sake of where it is, or a school that will offer you a good degree (something other than aviation) and be able to finance your flying for about the same price as a 61 school.
 
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thanks a ton man. ive applied there 2 weeks ago and im waiting a decision. thanks for the info!
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