I’ve found an awesome, fantastic Masters programme over at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) that I really really really want to enrol on(International Studies and Diplomacy). The MASSIVE problem is it cost £13,000 and funnily enough, when I checked my bank balance, I didn’t have it. Hmmmm
Unlike undergraduate courses where there are sometimes the option to pay in instalments, the entire fee on this postgraduate course must be paid before the course commences, which is a big boo hoo!
I asked my manager if he’d sponsor it, that was a fail. I looked into selling a couple of organs but it turns out there are rules against those kind of things, so that was another fail.
There are some fantastic Professional and Career Development Loans available from your high street banks. The problem is they fund up to a maximum of £10,000 and take between 6-12 weeks to process. Also I don’t want to have the added stress of owing the bank that sum of money when I graduate!
So what options does this leave me? How does someone in their mid twenties with bills, debts and a family take that leap back into higher education? I’m guessing its with a hard year or two of hardcore saving? Or do I need to throw in the towel and accept that it isn’t going to happen, not for now at least?
If you have any great ideas that won’t have me locked away in Holloway Prison, I’m all ears!