Your Questions About Petroleum Engineering Schools
I’m 20 and my Dad just died out of no where?
My dad died in his sleep around 12 in the morning on the 21st. He was only 50 years old and won the state competition for bodybuilding in his class of 50 and over just about 5 months ago. He died of a Pulmonary Embolism, at least they think because an autopsy was not preformed. Today was his funeral and I’m still in shock. I was doing alright after visitation yesterday, but it’s gone down hill since for me and I’m really sick to my stomach now. I feel empty inside; like a piece of me is missing and I don’t know how I’m going to make it through this. I have my Mom still, but it’s not the same, I don’t feel like I can count on her to be there for me since she hated my dad, or at least she said she did. And it just makes it worse since he got remarried two months ago.
I also don’t know how my mom and sister along with me are going to make it financially. My mom makes just $12 an hour, but had $800 in child support coming in each month. Now that’s gone. My dad had took my sister and my name off as beneficiary and put his new wife down. She’s not going to get much since he didn’t have an insurance policy, but anything would have helped. I also found out that there will be no social security for my sister and I since we are over 18, well my sister will be in 3 months. I feel like I should just give all my dreams up of transferring to Louisiana State University next fall for petroleum engineering. There seems like there is no way to afford it. Even with financial aid. Also, I don’t even feel like I can handle going back to school here in missouri, being able to concentrate on my classes seems impossible.
I just have a million thoughts running through my head and I need any advice on anything you can think of about this situation.
Brad Perry answers:
If you are in college you should be able to collect on his social security, both you and your sister. Check it out.
I can’t afford college?
I have a full pell grant and seo grant, and some fee exemptions from my school, along with stafford loans, but that doesn’t cover all my tuition. My mom had to take out $16,000 per year in parent plus loans. I have 5 semester to go before I graduate, so that’ll put us in around $60,000 in debt. I go to LSU for petroleum engineering, but I live in Missouri so I have to pay out of state. My mom and I are sick over this now. What is there to do? I already talked to financial aid and they told me I’m maxed out on my loans. BTW my mom makes $10.94 per hour and my dad passed away last year.
Brad Perry answers:
I am so sorry you did not have guidance in considering your higher education choices for a degree in petroleum engineering that would have been more affordable to you – like a state university program in Missouri – before you started on the path you are on now.
You may wish to investigate transferring to Missouri University of Science and Technology (one of the universities in the Missouri state univ. System), at Rolla, MO:
Missouri Univ. Of Science and Engineering – Geological Sciences & Engineering:
MST Transfer Admission:
You may have work a full year (living at home in Missouri) and not attend any univ. During that time period, living very frugally, starting to repay those loans, saving as much or your earnings as possible, and then apply to transfer to MST. Once you start back at the univ. You can request a deferral of the loan repayments.
Your mother taking on $16,000 in Parent Plus loans is a great burden on her. I do hope you will be repaying those loans, too, and not expect her to do that given her income.
If you opt to transfer to MST, be sure to speak with a financial aid adviser at the school:
MST – Student Financial Assistance Office:
Toll-free phone number: 800-522-0938
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Central time zone
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