I will be applying for Grad Schools in the next coming months and also taking my GRE's. I will be graduating from DePaul with a BA in Geography and I aiming for a dual Master's degree in L.A/U.P.. I have some concerns though. While my debt from my undergrad is nothing too bad in studet loans, it is not light by any means. I would say I am close to 30K in debt, and this is excluding my upcoming senior year. My concern is, that more than likely for grad school there is a high chance that I would not be going to my state school, I will apply, but I am not too crazy about their MLA program (It's U of I's).
I have thought of maybe deferring my enrollment of the school that I get accepted to and accept the acceptance, and moving to that state, work there for the year and become a resident in which I would then get instate tuition, which would be much cheaper.
I have also thought of assitantships, which I know covers a lot of grad school costs in tuition.
What have your experiences been? Should I just dive in? Should I become a resident and save some money? Please let me know any advice at all.
Also, is a dual degree really worth it if my BA is in Geography?
Also, if i get into Illinois there is a high chance I will go there due to cost (but I don't want to go there!)