Criminal Justice Student needs advice.
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen,
I need some advice. I want to get a degree in Criminal Justice. My college offers either a associates or BA program with a Criminology Emphasis. I want to become a crime scene investigator or some other pretty good job that is part of law somehow .
I would become a police officer as a last resort. I only say that because I have no clue if I could afford to back pay my student loans on a police officer salary. Utah is starting to requires you to have a two year degree in order to become a cop.
I realize that I could take the Criminal Justice BA to go into law. I don't think that I'd really make enough money since I would want to help domestic violence victims leave their abusive husbands by getting a divorce, protective orders, etc.
I have no financial support from my parents. They refuse to pay for anything to do with college. They tell me that college is a privilege and not a right. They told me that nobody paid for them so I'm adult enough (28 years old) to pay for college myself is their reasons.
I only option that I have is Pell Grants and Maximum Student Loans as a Independent person. I'm looking at about $9,500 a year in loans plus any grants.
I thought about forensic science to work in the lab but it pays approx. $22-$40 something an hour with a masters degree. I think that I wouldn't be able to pay off a forensic science masters degree loans on $22.00 an hour.
Do you think that I could obtain a $20 an hour job within the criminal justice system with a BA in Criminal Justice? It will cost me $9000.00 per year X 4 years for a grant total of $36,000.00 to obtain a 4 year degree in Criminal Justice. Do you think it would be hard to pay back $36,000.00 students loan on a $20 an hour job?
If you know of anyone that has gone to school to become a police officer, found a great job in the criminal justice/law/or any work in the lab, etc. tell me about it. I'd love to hear what they did or how much they owed.
One thing I also noticed is that I have to do an internship. Could you tell me about any internship of someone who did one like at a Sheriffs department or a lab? What it was like?
Thanks for reading this. I apologize if my post is all over the place. Thank you for your time.
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