MSW from USC?

It has been quite the week. Caleb and I have both been sick. We take turns. He feels better, I feel worse. We are both on antibiotics and I question how helpful that medicine really is. Now I have swollen lymph nodes and my eyes are hurting for unforeseen reasons.

Earlier this week, I found out that I have been accepted to the USC School of Social Work. I am honored to have this chance to further my education and study a field of interest. However, this acceptance caused me great anxiety because it costs around $85,000. The program is a 1 year and 4 months long, and I would be doing the online program. I would much rather attend classes on campus, but I don't think that makes sense when I have a little one at home. I don't know if I would mind that debt as much if I did not already have debt from my undergraduate degree. But I do, and it is a lot. I am not sure what to do. Part of me thinks that this is totally worth it. What a great opportunity! I would totally love to do this. I deferred enrollment until August, so I have some time to decide. I called the school and they said that 80% of graduates get jobs within 6 months of graduation.

I have looked into other programs that are much, much cheaper. I have applied to CSULA and CSULB. I was wait listed on both apps because the schools are so impacted right now. I was interested in CSUF but never took the GRE exam, so I did not qualify to apply because they require that score. I could always study for the exam and apply for the school next year.

Anyway, I have some big decisions to make! Any advice? I'd love to hear it.