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    Education Advice Needed

    Is it possible to possible to put one's self through architecture undergrad? I have not been able to find one that encourages or is supporting to students who must work their way through. Also, student loans are not an option: right now I'm in the midst of settling some credit card fraud that was committed against me and thus, until it is settled, the loan companies will see me as a frightening prospect. I don't know what my next step should be regarding education and thus if you have any advice, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

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    Education Advice...Federal Loans and Work Study

    Try talking to the financial reps at the school you want to go to first. They will have the best and most accurate information about financing your education.
    Also, it is my understanding that Federally guaranteed loans do not depend on good credit. I have lousy credit and am financing my education with loans and grants...state and federal.
    You should consider work study too. You might get lucky and actually work in an architectural firm. Great way to network and gain experience.

    First...go talk to the financial aid representative at your school. They have all the information right there and can guide you through the process.

    Good Luck!

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    I am pretty sure that federal student loans do not depend on your credit. I also have bad credit and I was able to get lots of money to pay for grad school (a very expensive private school).

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    Also, if you have a pretty good portfolio and GPA, you may want to check out Cooper Union in NY -- zero tuition, a great Arch school, but very tough admissions.

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    Northeastern University

    Check out Northeastern University's program in Boston. I am not sure of its reputation in the field, but I know several professors there who do great work. I mention it because NU is a co-op school where students typically attend for five years, alternating classes with paid internships in their field. Students don't pay tuition while they are on co-ops, either. Could be a way to put yourself through school.

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