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Offline wkypozguy

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Higher Education dilemma
« on: November 12, 2009, 04:22:50 PM »
I cannot find any resources to assist with Graduate Level tuition.  My diagnosis threw up a big STOP SIGN to my University's financial aid department.  My job as the Prevention Director for a local ASO was eliminated due to economy and the need to pay for labs with the same flat funding for 7 years and a 300% increase in new clinical clients.  So, now I've been accepted to Grad School to complete my Master of Social Work.  When I was diagnosed I had a small amount of Undergraduate Student Loans and at that time, my cd4 was under 100 and viral load through the roof.  The prognosis was not good and my loans were  insured and my health qualified for the loan to be paid by the federal insurance program.  Now that I have survived so long and already had a federal student loan claim back in 1994, I don't qualify for any financial aid without getting my physician to write a note about my prognosis changing from "terminal to chronically manageable" and I know that there's probably not a physician out there that would do that.  It's ridiculous to me.  All I want to do is to finsh my MSW and provide therapy primarily to people with HIV/AIDS in my area.  The MSW is necessary for billing purposes.  I'm at a loss now  ----  Just like I was when I was given my diagnosis.  If anyone out there knows of any financial aid resources --- please let me know.  My email is:  GLFOWLER1968@yahoo.com

Offline BT65

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Re: Higher Education dilemma
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2009, 06:59:29 PM »
I would advise you to get your doctor to write that letter.  I just finished an undergrad degree, and in order to get student loans (it was a private school)  my doctor had to do it then.  I've also been accepted into a master's level certificate program, and he had to fill out a paper the school gave me in order for me to get a student loan to pay for it (should I choose to go into it).

You need to talk to your doctor, let him know what it is you want to do, and see what he says. 
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline YaKaMein

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Re: Higher Education dilemma
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009, 12:44:32 PM »
I've not pursued anything myself but this might be a start


Good luck with your pursuits, -YaKa

...oops, apologies to BT65 [I like you too]  :-[  et al .... I just responded to the post without realizing which forum it was posted ... mea culpa ... striking it and outta here ::)
« Last Edit: November 13, 2009, 11:04:40 PM by YaKaMein »
09/11 Endocrine Consult
08/11 CD4 328 14.9% VL 0
 Disc'd Bactrim DEXA -3.1 Tscore
03/11 CD4 338 14.7% VL 0
11/10 CD4 300 14.3% VL 0 <20copies
07/10 CD4 336 14.0% VL 0 DEXA -2.7 Tscore
03/10 CD4 308 13.4% VL 0 Vit D normal
01/10 Began FOTO
11/09 CD4 274 13.7% VL 0 Chol 173 Trig 131
07/09 CD4 324 13.5% VL 0 DEXA -3.1 Tscore lumbar
03/09 CD4 207 10.9% VL 0
11/08 CD4 227 10.3% VL 0 Chol 176 Trig 156
04/08 CD4 228 9.5% VL 0
01/08 CD4 194 9.0% VL 0
09/07 CD4 176 8.3% VL 0
03/07 CD4 130 9.5% VL 0 Chol 261  Trig 227
12/06 CD4 109 6.4% VL 0
09/06 CD4  88 5.5% VL und desens'd rtd to Bactrim
08/06  Began Atripla
07/06 CD4  59 5.0% VL 145 Chol 117 Trig 104
06/06  Bactrim rash, X2 Dapsone
 EFV & Truvada Chol 128 Trig 131
05/06 CD4  6 (2.0%) VL 78667 only V179D mutation Dx PC MAC

Offline BT65

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Re: Higher Education dilemma
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2009, 04:14:28 PM »
YaKa, I like you, and I'm not trying to be a bitch, but this is the long-term survivor's forum.  Maybe you didn't realize that.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline Theyer

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Re: Higher Education dilemma
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2009, 05:07:15 AM »
HI poz

You might want to see if the following groups can give you some advice
International Federation of Social Workers
U.S. National Association of Social Workers

best wishes theyer
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn


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