Well, no. Washington State University* was the only college I got accepted to that I REALLY had an interest in and had a great program for my major. But we didn’t get nearly what we expected in financial aid from the government or the school, and my parents are really against taking out loans unless they’re small (but we were talking about 15k of debt this year alone) so they pulled the rug from under me. It just wasn’t practical or possible, and although I’ve been very upset about it, it’s hard to blame my parents. This is their first time dealing with this sort of thing and the finances were beyond their reach.
So now I’m looking from a completely different perspective and have somewhat different goals. Since I have another opportunity to work my way up higher in community college, I’m going to shoot for transferring into a UC, specifically Berkeley’s journalism school, but I still want to try for UDub again. Staying home for the next two years was never what I wanted, in fact it’s what I wanted to avoid, but at this point I think I will be okay. But I have to look on the bright side: I can take my GE’s at a cheaper price and possibly get into a better school if I try hard enough.
My parents are offering to financially support me, so I wouldn’t have to work and could focus on being a full-time student. It’s only 2 years, and despite the fact that I know I would have been ready for a 4 year college experience, life happened and it’s just the way things turned out. I will be okay!!! All the snobs who look down on CC’s have been and are going to continue to show disappointment, but as far as I’m concerned, my outlook is the only one that matters.
uk government: sure here you go. you'll have to pay it back but only when you're earning £21,000+ a year, and if you don't pay it off after 30 years we'll just write it off, don't worry about it man
scottish government: nah man just go to uni we ain't gonna charge you
us government: no. you gotta pay it yourself. upfront. your parents have to save up from the moment you're born. good luck, fucker. you have six months after graduating to start paying loans so you better pray to fucking god and jesus that you have a well-paying job by then or be prepared to be fucked up the ass without lube.