tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post7235471821188553371..comments 2011-07-31T08:33:27.631-07:00 Comments on No Debt MBA: The graduate student lifestyle No Debt MBA http://www.blogger.com/profile/00652771193703317326 noreply@blogger.com Blogger 12 1 25 tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-835590980067221132 2011-07-31T08:33:27.631-07:00 2011-07-31T08:33:27.631-07:00 <b>60naranja</b> - Thanks for filling us in! <b>60naranja</b> - Thanks for filling us in! No Debt MBA http://www.blogger.com/profile/00652771193703317326 noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-2127323443187422801 2011-07-30T23:55:22.091-07:00 2011-07-30T23:55:22.091-07:00 Unfortunately, PhD students pay normal income tax ... Unfortunately, PhD students pay normal income tax just like everyone else in the States. However, especially in the sciences, stipends can exceed $25K, and they can be close to $30K at the best programs. Some universities also have subsidized housing, which helps a lot, although there isn&#39;t usually enough to go around.<br /><br />Anyway, it&#39;s not exactly a Wall Street lifestyle, but it&#39;s definitely possible both to be self-sufficient and to have a few creature comforts on that kind of income -- especially with no kids to support. 60naranja noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-281798987839036416 2011-07-26T10:52:40.171-07:00 2011-07-26T10:52:40.171-07:00 <b>Harri</b> - Fascinating! It&#39;s great to hea... <b>Harri</b> - Fascinating! It&#39;s great to hear an international perspective. I don&#39;t know how PhD students&#39; earnings are taxed in the US... No Debt MBA http://www.blogger.com/profile/00652771193703317326 noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-8350875643958152002 2011-07-25T09:36:24.137-07:00 2011-07-25T09:36:24.137-07:00 My PHD friends have arguably more disposable incom... My PHD friends have arguably more disposable income than my working friends. At least here in the UK, PHD students don&#39;t have to pay income tax or council tax. They can time holidays around conferences abroad, which are paid for by their departments. <br /><br />I think university experiences have changed. Whilst there are certainly students who live beyond their means, it isn&#39;t impossible to live comfortably. Harri @ TotallyMoney http://www.totallymoney.com/blogs noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-3436361304883347996 2011-07-19T05:00:47.427-07:00 2011-07-19T05:00:47.427-07:00 <b>Anonymous</b> - Thanks for sharing your experie... <b>Anonymous</b> - Thanks for sharing your experience! Sounds like you&#39;re keeping your expenses to a minimum. Good luck with your applications for PhD programs, hopefully you&#39;re next university will have the cash to fully fund you! No Debt MBA http://www.blogger.com/profile/00652771193703317326 noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-1948814553975774644 2011-07-18T07:59:00.489-07:00 2011-07-18T07:59:00.489-07:00 Hi! I am a graduate student without a T.A. because... Hi! I am a graduate student without a T.A. because the university I have been attending has been making continuous budget cuts for the last two years. I have had to finance my schooling with debt. Luckily, I will have my master&#39;s program finished by next spring. Even more luckily, I live in income-based housing, and because I am only a full-time student, my rent is really low and my utilities are included. Plus, it helps that students and faculty at the university I attend ride the city buses for free. I do realize that I will have to pay back those loans, and I do realize that it may, in fact, be impossible to pay back those loans. However, i am planning to apply for Ph.D. programs while starting work on my thesis. Additionally, I have people who have seem very helpful and who, I believe, I can work with. Furthermore, a few people I know told me that I may not necessarily need a T.A. while earning a Master&#39;s. So, I don&#39;t know ... I try my best to be frugal, I rarely go out, and I take care of myself the best I can. At any rate, your opinions are greatly welcome and appreciated! Anonymous noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-8964590293005285470 2011-06-21T19:26:54.112-07:00 2011-06-21T19:26:54.112-07:00 In the last 20 years, those wages for grad student... In the last 20 years, those wages for grad students has not increased much past inflation there has been a major change. By law graduate students are not employees if they work as TAs or research fellows, meaning we now pay less in taxes and the school pays for health insurance. That can make a major difference. Frugal Student http://www.blogger.com/profile/08133499169865322630 noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-2548469153061265216 2011-06-12T11:48:42.724-07:00 2011-06-12T11:48:42.724-07:00 <b>Wanderer, Squirrelers, and Shannyn</b> - It&#39... <b>Wanderer, Squirrelers, and Shannyn</b> - It&#39;s great to hear others&#39; experiences with graduate school living. I also think it&#39;s possible but becoming more difficult to work your way through graduate school. <br /><br /><b>Shannyn</b>, I&#39;ve definitely seen many students who just take the school&#39;s budget in loans and don&#39;t question it. No Debt MBA http://www.blogger.com/profile/00652771193703317326 noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-414820122301280833 2011-06-12T08:49:43.121-07:00 2011-06-12T08:49:43.121-07:00 As a grad student myself- I see two dichotomous ex... As a grad student myself- I see two dichotomous experiences taking place for today&#39;s students...many of the students I know (here in Illinois) are on foodstamps and are living frugally and working at least part time. They may or may not have substantial student loans but seem to (try) and live within their means and make the most of their dollar.<br /><br />On the other hand, I know plenty of students that are living off loans with little/no concept that they&#39;re living off of borrowed money. While they realize the economy sucks, I think they assume they&#39;ll be able to handle the debt after graduation and take as much money as is offered by their loan institution. Their budget is based upon however much money they&#39;ve been allotted and don&#39;t think that they should be living lean now in order to more efficiently pay off debt when it comes due. <br /><br />That seems to be the trick of debt- it&#39;s very easy to not understand the magnitude of a number, especially when that number is higher than you&#39;ve ever earned and you don&#39;t have to pay on it for a few years. <br /><br />I&#39;m fortunately not in any debt, but I am struggling to balance out my finances as I finish my MA degree so that I don&#39;t spend more than I truly can afford in the long term. Shannyn http://www.frugalbeautiful.com noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-3339693299436549449 2011-06-05T20:49:14.560-07:00 2011-06-05T20:49:14.560-07:00 Though I made it through grad school full time, I ... Though I made it through grad school full time, I think it might be getting unworkable for many people these days. In this case, maybe it&#39;s becoming the play yard for those who have the financial means already, through parents (or self-made)? Ramen noodles can only go so far toward helping keep expenses low and money going toward repaying debt! Squirrelers http://squirrelers.com noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-2836260220472560510 2011-06-04T07:14:47.800-07:00 2011-06-04T07:14:47.800-07:00 At the university I attended grad students were pa... At the university I attended grad students were paid for research in a lot of cases. Also, made money teaching labs or tutoring. Personally, I ran a lab, graded papers and worked a part time construction job in during the school year. <br /><br />I don&#39;t think it is impossible to get through without debt it is just a matter of the student being properly educated about debt and having the work ethic to stay focused. <br /><br />Another idea might be that the school they are attending is too expensive, not all universities are priced the same. Just because your heart is set on a certain university doesn&#39;t mean it is the best or smartest choice. Wanderer http://wanderingwealth.com noreply@blogger.com tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1640294796027447349.post-1853969912904471354 2011-06-03T08:59:44.660-07:00 2011-06-03T08:59:44.660-07:00 Although I&#39;ve never been to grad school, I thi... Although I&#39;ve never been to grad school, I think most finance their education through debt. <br /><br />Fewer people actually get help from their family, and employer-assistance only pays for a small chunk of the cost. 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