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    Default Is there anything similar to the military that pays for school?

    I'd like to get a masters in social work, but there is no way I could ever pay for it. I'm disqualified from the military, which sucks, since that was maybe the first career I've ever felt any excitement about. I'm now tepidly leaning towards school social work (it sounds easy, pays alright, and doesn't seem to focus on my area of disability). Is there anything else that would pay for a MSW? I really don't want to take out a loan!
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    I think I read that the entire state of New York is offering free higher education to everyone. Not sure about graduate level degrees though.
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    Loans...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wailing Specter View Post
    I'd like to get a masters in social work, but there is no way I could ever pay for it. I'm disqualified from the military, which sucks, since that was maybe the first career I've ever felt any excitement about. I'm now tepidly leaning towards school social work (it sounds easy, pays alright, and doesn't seem to focus on my area of disability). Is there anything else that would pay for a MSW? I really don't want to take out a loan!
    Hmm, in my humble opinion, it might be a good idea to research some more careers first. You don't seem particularly passionate about social work, and I've heard from various professors that social work can be rewarding but that's it a lot of work and very demanding (and that it doesn't pay well). A "burnt out" social worker is common place because some social workers just get so involved in the lives of the people they're involved with that they can't take care of themselves and just have to leave the field entirely.
    And just from some cursory googling, it looks like you might need more than just a master's degree?
    An MSW represents a crucial step towards a rewarding career in social work — but the work does not end there. In addition to the master’s degree, job candidates must complete at least two years of post-graduate employment in order to qualify for most social work positions. Additionally, all 50 states have specific licensure and/or certification requirements for most clinical and nonclinical social workers. The top-ranked online MSW programs help students prepare for these post-education demands through career counseling, one-on-one advisor meetings, and other support services and resources.
    Retrieved from: The 25 Best Online MSW Programs of 2017 | BestColleges.com



    Also, have you talked to any career advisors about your humanities degree? Surely there must be something you can do with it to help you pay for a master's degree?

    I haven't looked much into master's degrees for social work, but I have checked out some online master's programs in dietetics/nutrition science and there were some with 6 - 7k tuition. If you worked at the same time, you could pay for that out of pocket easy peasy no problem.
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    Before you spend any money in school (especially a psych/social work field) volunteer with a local or state program. You don't need a degree and it will give you an idea of how the system works. Plus, you will be working next to people who have gone through schooling and they are usually excellent at giving suggestions for cutting expenses.

    Always try to volunteer or apprentice in the field you wish to work before paying for an education in it. Some jobs do cover training and education expenses.
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    Okay here, I actually have some legitimate answers to your question, now.

    If you work certain positions at certain hospitals, they'll pay for your degree in health and science related fields. I have some classmates taking advantage of this, and my former manager is a receptionist at I think St. Luke's??? and is getting free college, as well. I think they just pay for bachelor's degrees, but you could transfer your generals and electives from your humanities degree, and perhaps get an in-demand degree in the health and sciences field in perhaps 2 years? It would look pretty nice on your resume to have a double major and two years of work experience at a hospital. Just sayin.

    If you work certain positions at certain colleges they might give you free college there (which includes a master's degree) or something like $10 a credit (so I've heard). My brother in law is a student advisor at a college, and is getting a free master's degree so maybe you could look into something like that?

    There are also other employers who will pay for a master's degree after you've worked there long enough, but those are usually upper-level jobs, I think.

    Starbucks will pay for the last two years of your degree through ASU's online program. You could transfer your generals and the like from your humanities degree and get a free bachelor's in social work.

    If you join AmeriCorps they'll give you like (if I'm remembering correctly) 5k directly towards your degree (but that might not include a master's degree).
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepink-cloakedninja View Post
    Hmm, in my humble opinion, it might be a good idea to research some more careers first. You don't seem particularly passionate about social work, and I've heard from various professors that social work can be rewarding but that's it a lot of work and very demanding (and that it doesn't pay well). A "burnt out" social worker is common place because some social workers just get so involved in the lives of the people they're involved with that they can't take care of themselves and just have to leave the field entirely.
    And just from some cursory googling, it looks like you might need more than just a master's degree?

    Retrieved from: The 25 Best Online MSW Programs of 2017 | BestColleges.com



    Also, have you talked to any career advisors about your humanities degree? Surely there must be something you can do with it to help you pay for a master's degree?

    I haven't looked much into master's degrees for social work, but I have checked out some online master's programs in dietetics/nutrition science and there were some with 6 - 7k tuition. If you worked at the same time, you could pay for that out of pocket easy peasy no problem.
    If I combine my pharm tech certification from high school with this humanities degree, it opens up a few options:

    I could become a lobbyist for the pharmacy and make 120k a year starting out
    I could become a drug representative and start out making 120k a year
    I could become a VA pharmacy tech and make $18 an hour

    None of those things sound appealing. I am cursed with ADHD, Depression, High-Functioning Autism, Anxiety, endless hiccups, and bad joints. All of these together are 50% disabling according to the social security office, and in order to get my $400, I cannot make over $1170 a month, which is a starvation wage. I try to be frugal with my money, but my empathy overcomes my rationality, sometimes and I make stupid decisions. The other day, there was a homeless guy who came up and got in my car and demanded I drive him to walmart. I thought that a man so desperate to get places he jumps in people's cars must be in a bad situation. I bought him a bicycle and told him that I hope things get better for him. I looked back later and realized I really didn't have the money to do that, and now I'm further behind. I just see people in trouble and start helping. I can't help myself.

    I'd rather be a rich philanthropist than a social worker since I feel the red tape social workers have to deal with hurts people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wailing Specter View Post
    If I combine my pharm tech certification from high school with this humanities degree, it opens up a few options:

    I could become a lobbyist for the pharmacy and make 120k a year starting out
    I could become a drug representative and start out making 120k a year
    I could become a VA pharmacy tech and make $18 an hour

    None of those things sound appealing. I am cursed with ADHD, Depression, High-Functioning Autism, Anxiety, endless hiccups, and bad joints. All of these together are 50% disabling according to the social security office, and in order to get my $400, I cannot make over $1170 a month, which is a starvation wage. I try to be frugal with my money, but my empathy overcomes my rationality, sometimes and I make stupid decisions. The other day, there was a homeless guy who came up and got in my car and demanded I drive him to walmart. I thought that a man so desperate to get places he jumps in people's cars must be in a bad situation. I bought him a bicycle and told him that I hope things get better for him. I looked back later and realized I really didn't have the money to do that, and now I'm further behind. I just see people in trouble and start helping. I can't help myself.

    I'd rather be a rich philanthropist than a social worker since I feel the red tape social workers have to deal with hurts people.
    Well, could you do any of those and use them to get a master's degree in something you're passionate about? And do you really need disability if you have those other options? Like, I don't know your situation, but don't let your conditions hold you back more than they should. Also, I'm a tad bit impressed you went through college with all of those.

    Wanting to help people is an admirable quality. There are lots of ways you could do that, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepink-cloakedninja View Post
    Well, could you do any of those and use them to get a master's degree in something you're passionate about? And do you really need disability if you have those other options? Like, I don't know your situation, but don't let your conditions hold you back more than they should. Also, I'm a tad bit impressed you went through college with all of those.

    Wanting to help people is an admirable quality. There are lots of ways you could do that, I think.
    He called me back today from a toll phone, wanting to have lunch with me, today. He said the bike had a flat tire, and now I'm starting to wonder if he is being entirely truthful with me. I'll ask more about it next time I see him. He hangs around the area.
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