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There are tons of reasons students choose to attend graduate school after college. When considering whether or not grad school is right for you, it is important to consider the long term effects it can have on your life down the road. While it’s not necessarily an easy decision to make, here are some questions you can ask yourself to help move the process forward.
Do I know what I want to do, and does it require grad school?
If you are planning to go into the fields of medicine, law, psychology, research, or collegiate education, you have to attend some form of graduate school. So, that decision is made for you. If you don’t know what your career path looks like but know you want to spend more time studying and theorizing on a specific topic, graduate school can still be a valid option. Plus, during your time at grad school, you may discover new jobs to which you can apply your degree.
Am I passionate enough to focus on one topic ambitiously for the next few years?
While in graduate school, your studies will be narrowly focused on a single topic of your choosing. You should ask yourself as you apply if you can envision yourself studying the same subject matter and rereading the same terms over and over again. Does this idea excite you or put you to sleep? Yes, you will find nuance within your studies over the next few years at school, but if the fundamental field doesn’t peak your interest now, it won’t stick once you are in school or after you’ve finished.
Will attending graduate school eventually help me earn a higher salary?
Take a look at career options you have with the field of study you are considering. If your goal is to increase your future salary by attending graduate school, make sure you do research on different salaries for your career options. Don’t forget to factor in any student loans you’ll need to pay off. It’s expensive to attend grad school, but if you find it worth it in the long run, go for it!
Am I ready and willing to take on the rigor?
You can always take time off between college and grad school to refuel your batteries before diving into a pool of books and independent research. Be honest with yourself about whether or not you can be the self-motivated and ambitious student graduate schools require.
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For most high school students, the only thing on the horizon is college, college and more college. Oh, did I mention college?
But once you get there, you’ll notice a lot of people have their eyes on another prize: graduate school. And more specifically, law school.
Law school tends to attract a lot of people. Why? Well because going to law school doesn’t mean you necessarily have to become a lawyer. Going to law school can help give you the credentials for tons of other things! Think of all the U.S. president who’ve had law degrees! There are dual degree programs that combine law and business. Or sometimes a law degree is just a great background education to have for a totally, sometimes seemingly unrelated career. Think Ari Gold, the celebrity agent in Entourage, or a big time CEO.
So if you’re interested in law school, here are the top 24 law schools for 2012, according to US News & World Report:
1. Yale University
Tuition: $52,525 per year
2. Stanford University
Tuition: $49,179 per year
3. Harvard University
Tuition: $48,786 per year
4. Columbia University
Tuition: $52,902 per year
5. University of Chicago
Tuition: $47,502 per year
6. New York University
Tuition: $48,950 per year
7. University of California – Berkeley
Tuition: In-state: $50,163 per year, Out-of-state: $54,370 per year
8. University of Pennsylvania
Tuition: $50,718 per year
9. University of Virginia
Tuition: In-state: $44,600 per year, Out-of-state: $49,600 per year
10. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Tuition: In-state: $46,830 per year, Out-of-state: $49,740 per year
11. Duke University
Tuition: $49,617 per year
12. Northwestern University
Tuition: $51,920 per year
13. Georgetown University
Tuition: $46,865 per year
14. Cornell University
Tuition: $53,150 per year
15. University of California – Los Angeles
Tuition: In-state: $44,922 per year, Out-of-state: $54,767 per year
16. University of Texas – Austin
Tuition: In-state: $30,243 per year, Out-of-state: $46,028 per year
17. Vanderbilt University
Tuition: $46,148 per year
18. University of Southern California (Gould)
Tuition: $50,591 per year
20. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Tuition: In-state: $34,817 per year, Out-of-state: $43,385 per year
21. George Washington University
Tuition: $45,750 per year
22. University of Washington
Tuition: In-state: $25,780 per year, Out-of-state: $39,850 per year
23. University of Notre Dame
Tuition: $43,335 per year
24. Washington University in St. Louis
Tuition: $46,042 per year
Does law school interest you? Which law school would you want to go to?
This has been the summer of the debt crisis and a seemingly never-ending debate on raising the debt ceiling. Even if you didn’t really quite understand–or care to understand–the impact of the resulting bill signed by President Obama earlier this week, one of the biggest public concerns throughout the debate was how it would harm access to higher education. So was the future of college and graduate education harmed or protected?
Nothing is ever completely black or white, but here are some details of what the legislation will do:
Overall, the legislation will couple an increase in the government’s borrowing cap with more than $2 trillion in budget cuts over the coming decade, including cuts to federal education spending. So, do you want good news or bad news first?
If you chose “bad news,” skip to the section that says “bad news.” For “good news,” keep reading.
Despite the nail biting induced by fear that the Pell Grant program would encounter extremely deep cuts, the program was salvaged. Need a reminder of what the Pell Grant program is? Basically Pell Grants are designated to students from low-income families. They are grants for college that do not have to be repaid. According to the U.S. Despartment of Education, more than 19 million undergraduate students are expected to be awarded Pell Grants in the upcoming academic year. That’s a lot of students and a lot of education.
Instead of harmful cuts to the program, as was expected, the Pell Grants progam will receive $17 billion in funding at no additional cost to taxpayers.
Which leads us to the bad news:
If the Pell Grant program is safe, and at no additional cost to the taxpayers, where does the $17 billion come from? No, not a money tree. Those don’t exist yet (I’m currently working on it in the secret laboratory in my basement). With a money tree out of the picture, money has to be cut from elsewhere. In this case, saving the Pell Grant program came at the cost of government-subsidized loans for graduate and professional students. The loans will be eliminated in July 2012, which means that graduate students would have to pay interest on their loans while still in school. On top of that, the rate reduction on student loan interest for on-time payments will be eliminated.
Together, these two changes are expected to generate $22 billion in savings, with $17 billion allocated for Pell Grants and the remaining $5 billion helping to reduce the deficit.
Nobody was expecting a win-win situation to come out of the legislation, but it will definitely be interesting to see how pitting undergraduate education against graduate and professional education will work in the long run.
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