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Hi everybody! I don't know if I put this topic where it should be, but I would like to know if i can obtain any kind of credit or a financial help to go to college and maybe someone knows and can give me a helping hand.

I just got my GC so now i am a permanent resident, i have a bachelor degree and i want to go to a master and i wonder if that is possible for me right now. Because i just got my GC i have no credit history and i don't know if banks can give me any student loan.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!


Background: meet my husband in November 2010

came to visit him in July 2011 (B2 visa)

got married in December 2011

I-94 expired in January 2012

Day 0 - 02.01.12 - Send the package

Day 01 - 02.02.12 - Package rec'd

Day 08 - 02.09.12 - E-notification

Day 09 - 02.10.12 - Checks cashed

Day 13 - 02.13.12 - NOA mail

Day 17 - 02.17.12 - Bio appointment for 02.24.12

Day 22 - 02.22.12 - Walk-in Bio

Day 56 - 03.27.12 - Letter with the interview appointment for 04.26.12

Day 58 - 03.29.12 - EAD in production

Day 65 - 04.05.12 - EAD mailed

Day 67 - 04.07.12 - EAD received

Day 69 - 04.09.12 - Applied for SSN

Day 86 - 04.26.12 - Interview day - Cincinnati Federal Office Building

Day 90 - 05.01.12 - GC in production!

Day 93 - 05.04.12 - GC in hand! HAPPY!!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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You need to contact the schools you are interested in going to and see if they have any programs or ideas for your school funding. It is different for each school and each state.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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You don't need credit history to qualify for federal student loans. Contact your school's financial aid dept (or the dept of the schools you are considering).


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I am the USC, husband is adjusting from B2.

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

08.06.2010 - Sent off I-485
08.25.2010 - NOA hard copies received (x4), case status available online: 765, 131, 130.
10.15.2010 - RFE received: need 2 additional photos for AP.
10.18.2010 - RFE response sent certified mail
10.21.2010 - Service request placed for biometrics
10.25.2010 - RFE received per USCIS
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10.28.2010 - Biometrics appointment received, dated 10/22 - set for 11/19 @ 3:00 PM
11.01.2010 - Successful biometrics walk-in @ 9:45 AM; EAD card sent for production text/email @ 2:47 PM! I-485 case status now available online.
11.04.2010 - Text/Email (2nd) - EAD card sent for production
11.08.2010 - Text/Email (3rd) - EAD approved
11.10.2010 - EAD received
12.11.2010 - Interview letter received - 01.13.11
01.13.2011 - Interview - no decision on the spot
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11.02.2012 - Mailed I-751 packet to VSC
11.08.2012 - Checks cashed
11.10.2012 - NOA1 received, dated 11.06.2012
11.17.2012 - Biometrics letter received for 12.05.2012
11.23.2012 - Successful early biometrics walk-in

05.03.2013 - Approved! Card production ordered!

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Filed: Country: Romania
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Thank you for your responses! I am trying now to set an appointment with the college to see the options that I have. I am just worried cause i have this wish and dream and I don't know if i can sustain it, financial speaking. And I also have the time pressure.

Does anyone know what are the requirements to qualify for a student loan? Or someone who can share their experiences? Thank you!


Background: meet my husband in November 2010

came to visit him in July 2011 (B2 visa)

got married in December 2011

I-94 expired in January 2012

Day 0 - 02.01.12 - Send the package

Day 01 - 02.02.12 - Package rec'd

Day 08 - 02.09.12 - E-notification

Day 09 - 02.10.12 - Checks cashed

Day 13 - 02.13.12 - NOA mail

Day 17 - 02.17.12 - Bio appointment for 02.24.12

Day 22 - 02.22.12 - Walk-in Bio

Day 56 - 03.27.12 - Letter with the interview appointment for 04.26.12

Day 58 - 03.29.12 - EAD in production

Day 65 - 04.05.12 - EAD mailed

Day 67 - 04.07.12 - EAD received

Day 69 - 04.09.12 - Applied for SSN

Day 86 - 04.26.12 - Interview day - Cincinnati Federal Office Building

Day 90 - 05.01.12 - GC in production!

Day 93 - 05.04.12 - GC in hand! HAPPY!!!

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Thank you for your responses! I am trying now to set an appointment with the college to see the options that I have. I am just worried cause i have this wish and dream and I don't know if i can sustain it, financial speaking. And I also have the time pressure.

Does anyone know what are the requirements to qualify for a student loan? Or someone who can share their experiences? Thank you!

They are different for what the loan requires of you. Not every state or school offers the same loan types or ability's. You must speak to them.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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I am currently in grad school.. first of all, get in-state tuition. Then apply for a graduate assistant position. I am a research asst for a professor and it pays for 9 out of my 15 credits each semester plus a $100/wk stipend. Now that my tuition was cut in half, i applied for a fafsa loan. :) i have a direct stafford loan


My Journey:

We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

We got engaged March of 2010

I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
I received my conditional 2-year greencard (AOS) in 2.5 months with no interview (April-June 2011)

Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

My husband returned from deployment 06/20/2013

My naturalization journey took 4 months (April-August 2014)

I became a US citizen on 08/01/2014

Received passport in 3 weeks (regular processing)

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Thank you again for all the responses! I went to college and talked about how to start, i want to go to a Master program. Now I still have to see what I need to do about the financial part but I need to take it one step at a time!

Thank you!


Background: meet my husband in November 2010

came to visit him in July 2011 (B2 visa)

got married in December 2011

I-94 expired in January 2012

Day 0 - 02.01.12 - Send the package

Day 01 - 02.02.12 - Package rec'd

Day 08 - 02.09.12 - E-notification

Day 09 - 02.10.12 - Checks cashed

Day 13 - 02.13.12 - NOA mail

Day 17 - 02.17.12 - Bio appointment for 02.24.12

Day 22 - 02.22.12 - Walk-in Bio

Day 56 - 03.27.12 - Letter with the interview appointment for 04.26.12

Day 58 - 03.29.12 - EAD in production

Day 65 - 04.05.12 - EAD mailed

Day 67 - 04.07.12 - EAD received

Day 69 - 04.09.12 - Applied for SSN

Day 86 - 04.26.12 - Interview day - Cincinnati Federal Office Building

Day 90 - 05.01.12 - GC in production!

Day 93 - 05.04.12 - GC in hand! HAPPY!!!

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google 'fafsa' and apply.

no one will talk to you about financial aid (at the uni) without a fafsa report.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Thank you again for all the responses! I went to college and talked about how to start, i want to go to a Master program. Now I still have to see what I need to do about the financial part but I need to take it one step at a time!

Thank you!

First and foremost - you need to be accepted by the college. Your priority should be finding out about the college criteria for admission. Once you get through the admission process and have a letter of acceptance in hand, you worry about the rest such as financial aid/loans, FAFSA website, etc.

google 'fafsa' and apply.

no one will talk to you about financial aid (at the uni) without a fafsa report.

Admission first.


My N-400 Journey

06-02-2017 - N-400 package mailed to Dallas Lockbox

06-06-2017 - Credit card charged; received text and email confirming that application was received and NOA is on its way

06-10-2017 - Received NOA letter from NBC dated 06-05-2017

06-16-2017 - Received Biometrics Appointment Letter for 06-28-2017

01-19-2018 - Interview Letter sent

02-27-18 - Interview and Oath Ceremony. Finally US CITIZEN! 

My ROC Journey

03-08-2012 - I-751 package mailed to VSC

03-10-2012 - I-751 package delivered

03-14-2012 - Check cashed

03-15-2012 - NOA received, dated 03-12-2012

04-27-2012 - Biometrics appointment

11-23-2012 - ROC approved

11-28-2012 - Approval letter received

12-06-2012 - 10 years Green Card received

My AOS Journey

04-17-09 I-130&I-485&I-765 received by USCIS

04-19-10 AOS Approved

04-29-10 Green Card received

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Strumfulina, they have a slightly different system here, they split education in undergraduate (licenta) and graduate (masterat + doctorat), which means that even if you apply for a Master's, you still have to fulfill requirements for a PhD (most of them, anyway), that is GRE/TOEFL/recommendation letters.

On the bright side, decent universities almost always offer sponsorship (usually in the form of teaching assistantships), so don't rush into borrowing money when you might just get them from them, if you manage to persuade them you're good enough.



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NVC [*] 14 May 2012 - Petition received by NVC ; [*] 16 May 2012 - Petition left NVC.

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POE [*] 04 July 2012 - Minneapolis/St.Paul. [*] 16 September 2012 - Wedding Day!

AOS/EAD/AP [*] 04 February 2013 - AOS/EAD/AP package sent; [*] 07 February 2013 - AOS/EAD/AP package delivered; [*] 12 February 2013 - NOA1 text messages/emails; [*] 16 February 2013 - NOA1 received in the regular mail; [*] 28 February 2013 - Biometrics letter received (appointment date, March 8th); [*] 04 March 2013 - Biometrics walk-in completed (9 out of 10 fingerprints taken, pinky would not give in); [*] 04 April 2013 - EAD/AP card approved; [*] 11 April 2013 - Combo card sent/tracking number obtained; [*] 15 April 2013 - Card delivered.

[*] 15 May 2013 - Moved from MN to LA; [*] 17 May 2013 - Applied for a new SS card/filed an AR-11 online (unsuccessfully), therefore called and spoke to a Tier 2 and changed the address; [*] 22 May 2013 - Address updated on My Case Status (finally can see the case numbers online); [*] 28 May 2013 - Letter received in the mail confirming the change of address; [*] 31 July 2013 - Went to Romania; [*] 12 September 2013 - returned to the US using the AP, POE Houston, everything went smoothly; [*] 20 September 2013 - Spoke to a Tier2 and put in a service request; [*] 23 September 2013 - Got "Possible Interview Waiver" letter (originally sent on August, 29th to my old address, returned and re-routed to my current address); [*] 1 October 2013 - Started a new job.

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Admission first.

Disagree.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

-=-=-=-=-=R E A D ! ! !=-=-=-=-=-

Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

 

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Disagree.

Darnell, the girl clearly stated "I want to go to college". That means to me she wants to actively attend classes. Well, if she really wants to attend those classes, she must receive funding. However, funds will NOT become available for her unless she is accepted. Check this link out.

http://www.finaid.org/questions/faq.phtml

If she wants to apply on FAFSA website, she may go ahead and apply; but especially for grad school, that alone may not mean much.

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My N-400 Journey

06-02-2017 - N-400 package mailed to Dallas Lockbox

06-06-2017 - Credit card charged; received text and email confirming that application was received and NOA is on its way

06-10-2017 - Received NOA letter from NBC dated 06-05-2017

06-16-2017 - Received Biometrics Appointment Letter for 06-28-2017

01-19-2018 - Interview Letter sent

02-27-18 - Interview and Oath Ceremony. Finally US CITIZEN! 

My ROC Journey

03-08-2012 - I-751 package mailed to VSC

03-10-2012 - I-751 package delivered

03-14-2012 - Check cashed

03-15-2012 - NOA received, dated 03-12-2012

04-27-2012 - Biometrics appointment

11-23-2012 - ROC approved

11-28-2012 - Approval letter received

12-06-2012 - 10 years Green Card received

My AOS Journey

04-17-09 I-130&I-485&I-765 received by USCIS

04-19-10 AOS Approved

04-29-10 Green Card received

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I agree, pass the GRE and get into a program first.. thats pretty much half the battle. When I was accepted I told them I needed financial assistance and so I got the offer from my dept. :)


My Journey:

We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

We got engaged March of 2010

I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
I received my conditional 2-year greencard (AOS) in 2.5 months with no interview (April-June 2011)

Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

My husband returned from deployment 06/20/2013

My naturalization journey took 4 months (April-August 2014)

I became a US citizen on 08/01/2014

Received passport in 3 weeks (regular processing)

Thank you, VJ! smile.png

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ukraine
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Thank you again for all the responses! I went to college and talked about how to start, i want to go to a Master program. Now I still have to see what I need to do about the financial part but I need to take it one step at a time!

Thank you!

You will not be eligible for federal degree grants because you already have a degree. You will be eligible for student loans. You MAY be eligible for private grants, ask of your school has any. Alla received a 50% private grant for her Masters degree even before she arrived. Our son, also LPR with a Masters, received a fully paid scholarhsip, assistantship and living stipend from Rice University for a doctorate.

You may also be able to take a number of pre-requisits for a masters (if you need any) at community colleges and get Federal non-degree grants for those classes, transfer them to your school for the masters program and VOILA! Save even more. For instance, Alla needed some math courses and a Sociology course to finish her masters degree here (she did not have those classes she needed with her overseas degree) She took those at the community college concurrently with her degree program and transferred the credits. It save us abot $6000 in total expenses vs paying for the courses at the university she attended.

In other words...this is a lot of work but the pay off is quite impressive.


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