The PhD program may not be in my cards. I received my financial information and it appears that I would need to contribute to in addition to the financial aid. Unless there was a mistake on the form, there is no way I can come up with the money needed.
And I’m ok with it. I really am. If it is worked out great, but if it can’t be I am ok with it- other than the fact that I have no money, place to live, job, or money to fly back to the US. (minor details obviously)
Also, after doing my exit interview for the student loans I was freaked out about how much I owe (think really expensive car with all the add ons cost) (going back to 1993 from my BA). I honestly do not think adding an additional $60-90K to that is a good idea over the next 3 years, considering I don’t have any idea what I will be doing at the end of the program.
So, lots to think about.