I'm a second year graduate student in a science-related PhD program. Roughly three weeks ago, I was approached by the director of graduate studies and told that my advisor doesn't have grant money to fund me as an RA and she only has a single TA spot which is occupied by a more senior student. She told me that my only options to stay for this semester(spring 2018) are to find a new advisor or pay for myself. For the last year and a half, I have been a TA which includes a stipend and tuition waiver, without those I think it is very unlikely that I would be able to afford living expenses and tuition, especially since I never filed a FASFA for financial aid. Up until three weeks ago, it was never even brought to my attention that this was even a possible issue, I had assumed that I was going to have a TA spot for the spring semester. Since I received such short notice, I'm really not sure what my options even are. It's too late to apply for scholarships or fellowships, there are no extra TA spots in the department, and the other advisors in my division recently accepted first year students and don't have any spots open in their groups.
Does anyone have any other suggestions regarding this type of situation? I've discussed this with my advisor and she said that she is exploring other funding options, but there is really no concrete evidence that funding is coming and time is running out since the new semester starts this month. I talked to our graduate student union rep and she said she would try to see if she can figure out any solutions.
In the mean time, I am trying to look into leaving with a masters and going to another school to start a PhD program again. Unless my advisor comes up with funding, I feel like there is no point in me staying in a department that doesn't seem to care if their students stay or go. I'm a little unsure as to how to go about applying to other schools if it come down to that. By the time I find out if there is funding, the deadline to apply for some schools will have passed. Is there anyway to still apply to schools without having to go through another application cycle and taking a year off?
I really appreciate any advice you could contribute. Thanks in advance.