Ok so by the end of next week, I would have sent my transportation design portfolio to Art Center and CCS. But even as I do I know I won’t be able to go, for the simple fact that I don’t have $160,000. After all, I’m only 19, where the hell am I supposed to get that kind of money?
Now I’m from Canada, and am considered an international student. As I read the application requirements for CCS, I notice it says:
“Official certification from a financial institution documenting funds to cover one yearâ€™s tuition and expenses ($36,110). The actual amount available for studies must be stated in U.S. dollars.”
and ACCD has a similar application requirement:
“The SEVIS I-20 is issued only to accepted students who have completed a certification of finances form verifying that they can cover the costs of their education and living expenses for one calendar year and projected support for the final three years of full-time attendance” i.e. you must have 40k in the bank and expect to have the other 120k in the next 3 years.
As a 19 year old, I obviously don’t have 40k, it would take me several years at a dead end job to be able to make that money, and when I do, I would just be able to apply.
In other words they are saying that “we don’t care who you are, or how talented you are, or how driven and passionate you are, just make sure you have the money ready, and then we’ll review your application.”
Now I’m sure my parents have 40k sitting around somewhere, and they might be able to help me meet this application requirement, but they certainly can’t use it to pay for me for school, since they have other plans for it.
I was hoping for scholarships and loans to cover at least the first year, and seeing as I can’t get those scholarships or loans at least until I get accepted, and that they won’t consider accepting me until I have 40+k, I am in a very “screwed” position. I wish I was never interested in cars, and was normal. Then I wouldn’t have all these problems, but I know if I don’t go, I will be the saddest person on earth at retirement, and I would feel like I wasted my life.
At the moment tho I’m probably the saddest 19 year old I know.