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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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I saved my money serving in the Merchant Marine during World War II. This got me through my last three years at U of W.

Planted trees for Weyerhaeuser during two Christmas vacations & one winter quarter.
 Harvested & sold oysters, wild berries & greens.  Worked at Laurelhurst TV shop on Saturdays & yard work at private homes.  Worked summers at shipyard. Another summer drafting at consulting firm. My financial aid was the GI bBill & borrowed $ for my last two quarters from parents.—Married Vvet with three children.

I was surprised that you didn’t include veterans/GI bill aid as an option. My $311/month paid for about everything but my tuition, which was paid by my parents. I was responsible for the rest.

Scholarships and aid allowed me to focus on my education and really grow as a student and a person. Without it, I’m not sure I’d be where I am today.

Paying for college is something that just has to be done. Fortunately, UW provided me an opportunity to finance everything through grants and loans. I’ve consolidated all my loans and it is automatically deducted from my account each month. The whole thing couldn’t have been much easier. I’m grateful to be able to say I’m a graduate from the University of Washington.

I used the GI bill and money I saved while in the Army. By going back to school four years later after high school I was ready to buckle down and learn. I saw many freshman in college that were wasting their parent’s money. I think the UW should become a university that does not have freshman and sophomores and only takes transfers.

What remained of my undergraduate degree (interrupted by Vietnam and other military service) and all of my graduate degree work was paid for by the GI bill. In addition, because I was a Vietnam vet, my graduate degree was subsidized by the state (my tuition rate was very much lower than other students at that time—1986–89).

I understood the value of my education for having to pay for part of it by working during the summers. With the financial aid and grants I did not have to work during the school year and could devote more of my attention to classes.

I had a full tuition scholarship with the Washington Scholar program, so that took a large burden off of my family. I also won several other smaller scholarships. Basically, my parents helped me with room and board and I worked during the summers to cover my spending money and books. I didn’t have to take out any student loans and I wouldn’t have done it any differently.

A National Defense Education Act fellowship helped with my graduate school costs.

My tuition and books were 100% covered by a NROTC scholarship. My parents provided me with other college-related costs (mostly room and board).

Financial aid includes the GI bill, which helped a lot of guys my age. Also grants-in-aid (athletics) and student loans (which I paid off as quickly as I could!)

I used the GI bill and took some classes just to get the maximum benefit even though they did not pertain to my major. This took resources, financial and mental, away from my area of study. I worked to make up the difference and so I did not stay on campus (which I always wanted to do) and I did not buy all the books required. I don’t know that these things impacted my education negatively.

I paid for my undergraduate degree with GI bill and savings from my military service, with a small amount of financial aid (performance based scholarships).

My financial aid was a three-year scholarship. In my mind, a scholarship is different than say student loans or other aid that must be paid back. That difference would have had a HUGE effect on my experience.

GI bill paid tuition & books for all but three quarters.

I received scholarships for a significant part of my tuition (some from the Washington Scholar program and some from the UW honors program). I enjoyed working during college—it taught me to be very organized and gave me a great sense of independence.

I received a reduction in tuition for my Vietnam service and went to school using the GI bill. Still, both my wife and I had to work other jobs in order to pay for school.

Received four-year, full-tuition merit scholarship from private financial institution. Otherwise, I would have been responsible for my tuition. I was still responsible for lodging, books, food, etc., which I paid for with job earnings and some parental support.

My tuition was reimbursed by the Boeing Company, plus as a Vietnam Vet I was on the GI bill.

I was one of the lucky ones. Since my parents paid all of my college expenses, it gave me extra time to study and participate in college programs & athletics.

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