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Columns Votes - December 2006

How did you pay for your college education?

Comments on Scholarships and Grants

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The United States Army has paid for a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees for me over the past 15 years. I never would have thought this would be a way for me to pursue my education, but in the end it was the best thing that could have happened. I encourage all people looking for an education to explore the opportunities through the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for all the military services.

I received a full scholarship via a Navy program.

I came to the States to do a one-year master’s, I had a Fulbright scholarship and received a tuition waiver from UW.

I received an athletic grant-in-aid scholarship. If I had to do it over again I would not join a fraternity, worked, and put myself through college. I would have studied with much more enthusiasm.

I was part of the first class of the Costco Diversity Scholarship. If I had not received the scholarship, I would have had to work more, had more help from my parents, and my tribe. My friends who did not have a scholarship were usually not only worried about making money for their education, but because they usually came from working-class families too, were worried about finances at home as well.

I had a full scholarship for my undergraduate studies (tuition, board and textbook money) which was fantastic.  Graduate school expenses were covered by 20 hours/week of graduate work (TA and RA) and a tuition waiver.  I left college with a Ph.D. and not a penny of debt. It was definitely a positive experience and I wish more people could have the same experience.

I did have some U.S. Navy VEAP program money which was $300 a month for nine months of the year for three years, which helped pay part of my apartment rent each month, Rent was $400/mo.

Washington Scholar scholarship paid for tuition and fees.

Went to grad school with grant from Federal Highway Admin.

Guess I lucked out with paying for college. I eventually received my degree and a commission with the U.S. Army and recently retired after about 26 years. I still thank my dad for what he did; he lives in Steilacoom, WA, after having served 30 years in the Army. I live in Washington, D.C., after my last assignment in the Pentagon.

I was a Washington Scholar recipient, so I got a four-year full-ride scholarship to a Washington State institution. I chose UW. My parents helped me with my fifth year of studies and my books. Of course, I would receive the scholarship again! It is sweet to now be applying to medical school debt-free.

I had the GI bill for the thee years I was at the UW (1974-1977), my senior year and two years for my M.B.A. The GI bill was sufficient to cover more than half of my expenses and I earned the balance.

I did not qualify for financial aid because I had the GI bill. I supplemented it with my Army Reserves pay, part-time work and loans. I was dirt poor, but it was worth it. I received an excellent education at UW.

The first 36 months (nine months a year for four years) was paid for by the GI bill. It was absolutely invaluable in getting me started and through. My Masters program was on my own.

If financial aid was not available to me, I would not have been able to attend college.

My first two years I used the GI bill to pay rent and I worked two jobs in addition to drilling with the Army Reserves. My last two years I had a full tuition scholarship from Air Force ROTC and financial aid covered my living expenses. I was thankful to not have to work as much in the end as I did in the beginning. It was a tremendous help! I really enjoyed school and had a little bit of free time to enjoy the other campus resources, like theatre and dance.

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