I was recently admitted to Northwestern University's distance learning program in Public Policy and Administration (master's). It is mixed, in that there are tests I have to take on-site. But most of it will be online. I'm motivated, and the school's reputation is A+++, so that's cool.
The degree will cost close to $40,000.
Upon completion I will consolidate into a federal consolidation loan with the MAX term as possible (which will be 25 or 30 years).
I will be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, so after 10 years of payments the remaining debt will be canceled.
I am not sure what my long-term goals are. I am in law enforcement right now, and would like to eventually move into administration and policy-making. Or perhaps corporate position dealing with government relations.
Just wondering what your thoughts are on whether or not I should accept/decline. ROI, really...
Note: the Northwestern MPPA is not accredited by NASPAA... but either is U. Chicago or Columbia's... so I'm not sure how valuable that accreditation is...