I remember posting up here getting accepted into Art Center and being all excited about it. Ha, if only I had known what would happen to me a few months later.
Yesterday, my dad got laid off and we got very little federal aide (close to nothing), we don't qualify for a lot of stuff out there because our assests work against us. I have A LOT of older siblings, but because their in their mid twenties to early thirties, non of them are classified as dependents (and my 2 sisters attended school LATE - my parents are still paying their college loans/expenses off). We got a letter concerning the expenses, here's the damage...
ART CENTER ESTIM. BUDGET FOR 2007 - 2008 (includes Tuition, Room/Board, Books/Supplies, Transporation, and Misc. Spending)
If I choose to take 3 terms a year = 2 years 8 months to graduate
If I choose to take 2 terms a year (like an average college) = 4 years
All together, I could potentially owe $200,000 +. Everything works against us...
- I came up with some alternatives (hopefully a bit cheaper), which one sounds the most reasonable? I put a rough %
1) Attend SF Academy of Art University for 2 years (annual tutition = $17000) and TRANSFER to Art Center as a 5th term undergraduate. Thing is, SF Academy of Art is notorious for being not accredited, I'm worried about not being able to transfer smoothly back into Art Center as a 5 term (junior year) undergraduate and end up spending even MORE $$$ at Art Center to catch up.
2) Take the art classes only at Art Center and take general education at Pasadena City College (or some sort of local junior college) - Art Center only has full-time students (would this work against me?)
3) Attend Art Center for Fall 07 + Spring 08, go HOME and take General Ed. classes at my local community college - (most realistic, but will it save enough?)
4) Go to OTIS instead (I also got accepted to OTIS)
5) Apply to an East Coast School (Parsons, RISD, or Pratt) - I looked over the prices and their instate tutition cost is rougly $30,000 ~ $35,000, my friend told me that their out of state is cheaper than the instate tuition of Art Center. Anyone know the out of state tutiton? This idea is 50/50)
6) Live with my sisters in Southern CA and attend Santa Monica Junior College for 2 years and then transfer to Art Center as a 5th term undergaduate.
My mom's the type who'd take chances and take the radical way - she wants me to go to Art Center (and I REALLY do - committed to pursuing art since I was 10, idolizing getting into Art Center since I turned 16).
My dad's the type who'd play it safe and take the conservative way - he wants me to commit to some sort of alternative (HEAVILY emphasizing going to SF Academy of Art because 1) I'm familair with the school/area, 2) I'll have freinds there, 3) I already have 4 credits there, 4) it's CHEAP compared to most art schools). (Same as above = SF Academy of Art is notorious for being not accredited, I'm worried about not being able to transfer smoothly back into Art Center as a 5 term (junior year) undergraduate and end up spending even MORE $$$ at Art Center to catch up.
What I want to do: Throw caution to the wind and go to Art Center regardless of the crazy expenses. I want get into entertainment illustration ever since I was 10. I have full determination to not let all the mounting expenses go to waste.
Any sort of thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I worked way too hard to get into Art Center (art school in general), I intend on seeing it through 'til the end.