Look into every possible option out there, including community colleges, scholarships, grants through FAFSA, etc. Make sure this is what you want, as it sounds like changing your mind might be what got you into this bind in the first place. There's nothing wrong with changing your mind, but you don't want to squander your chances at higher education and ruin your credit score by too much indecision.
If you could finish at the first school (AND it's accredited and has a good placement rate), then I'd say take the time to pay off what you owe as quickly as you can. Get a second job if you have to.
I second the recommendations for community college. I got a two year degree at the local community college. I worked hard, got great grades, and used that to get a partial scholarship to a four year college which saved more than the tuition I paid for my two year degree. Look at all your options.
As the previous poster mentioned, community colleges (especially those from where students can jump to 4 year degrees), offer great classes and sound degrees. Trade schools are expensive, and don't offer anything better (just good at marketing themselves, profit driven).
Just make sure you're ready to finish what you start this time. If you're willing to finish your degree, your effort should be worth it.
Also, see what courses you've already taken can be transferred in to your new degree.
Community colleges often offer the same classes you may need to finish a degree at a lower cost than a specialized college. If you take one class per semester, it makes it easier to pay for classes in smaller chunks than, say, an upfront cost of $10,000 for a degree from a trade-based college. And...you will be amazed at how fast the semesters will fly by and the credits add up. Another advantage is that taking only one class at a time, allows you to continuing working.
This is outside of weight loss but I need some input from people other than friends. I've been and off and on again college student, was pursuing and nursing degree which I started in 2005. After 3 yrs changed my major and discovered that I like behind the scenes a lot better with the medical field. I have 18yrs experience as a Medical Assistant. I really love doing billing (currently am not doing that line of work, missing it), my question is I have somewhat maxed out on student loans but really want to finish school dealing with billing and medical records. My degree of choice is Health Information Management. I dropped out of an online school Oct 2012 and want to pursue it again. However, I owe some money to that school and I can't continue with it until I pay it off $4800 will take some time to pay back. What do I do, I'm scared of the full amount of loans I will be having to pay back but I don't want to deal with an $850 give or take a few dollars, pay check every two weeks for the rest of my life. I;m thinking to pick a different school. Please advice, I'm open to any ideas. Raejean
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