What can I do? Please help!

<p>I currently attend a state school in the Midwest and am thinking of transferring schools. I just started my second semester sophomore year, and am hoping to transfer to a few schools in the fall. I have started applications for a couple of schools, MSU, U-Wisconsin-Madison and UNC, which are not the cheapest schools on the block, but have extremely good programs. I, though, am having two problems with transferring and hope someone will help me here. But first (for anyone who is probably wondering) my reason for transferring:</p>

<p>My experience at this school has been completely dismal. I am a pre-med students with high aspirations to go to medical school, but am doubting how I will get accepted. At my current school, I have had bad experiences with both Pre-med advisors who have little to no idea of how to get their students into medical schools, and spend more time discouraging them rather than actually "advising" them. Many of the professors here also are very bad, and are more preoccupied with their research than actually teaching. Overall the administration seems to care more about their phD students and their honors students than their undergraduates, even to the extent that they are eliminating SI tutors for important classes. My chosen major (Anthropology) isn't well funded, either, so the program sucks. I want to go to a school that offers better programs. Another problem I am having is the commute to school, which takes about 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the weather. Though this may sound weird to many people (my parents included) my bad experiences, as well as other very personal problems, contributed to me having an extremely bad GPA. In terms of good research opportunities, the college only offers them to "honors" students.</p>

<p>My GPA is not very competitive to transfer (3.1) and I am wondering how I can convince the colleges I am in that I am a good candidate for their school. My high school GPA was a 3.3, but I had good ACT score (32). Many of their applications don't ask for a personal statement, so is there any other way for me to prove I am "worthy"? Can I use the reasons above as an explanation? Or, should I forget about transferring, and stay here? I am active in campus activities, and have good volunteering.</p>

<p>Another problem is more personal. I want some tips to convince my parents to not only let me go to this school, but also pay for it (or at least a part of) As a transfer student, I am not expecting much aid, so it is difficult for me to go to these schools. One of the main reasons I went to this school was because my parents refused to pay for any other school, and taking loans is against my religious beliefs. At first, i thought that I could handle going to school here because it is cheap, but my experience convinced me that the money I am saving is not worth my sanity. Has anyone had this problem, and how did you solve it?</p>

<p>In conclusion (if you are still reading), does a bad experience like the one I had count as a good reason to transfer, and will my bad grades in this school affect my chances of medical school even if I did much better in another college? Feel free to criticize, or offer tips to help me fix this problem.</p>

<p>"One of the main reasons I went to this school was because my parents refused to pay for any other school..."</p>

<p>Then you need to find out how they feel about you going somewhere else. If they won't help you pay for any other college/university, you are going to have to come up with a new plan for paying for your education.</p>

<p>Even if you were willing to take on student loans, without a co-signer, you wouldn't have access to all that much money anyway. For your junior and senior years, the Stafford Loan limit is $7,500 for each year. That might help pay in-state tuition and fees at a public university, but you'd still need to figure out how to arrange for housing, meals, books, etc.</p>

<p>Wow, I have never heard about this co-signer rule. It is pretty difficult for me to get financial aid in the first place because my EFC is too high. What are some good options/alternatives? Work-study? Applying for grants?
I am more interested, though, in finding out whether it is a good idea for me to transfer for the reasons I stated, or should i just suck it up and continue going here for the low tuition?</p>