In Reply to: Re: Advice, anyone? (reposted from journeys) posted by wresting with what to do on January 11, 2008 at 03:27:58:
I don't live in the U.S., in fact I was still in the Fam. when my daughter who'd left the Fam. prepared for the GED, took it, prepared for the SAT's and took them. (She'd prepared for the tests with self-teaching books)
Once she had her scores she enrolled in a univ. online, got a student loan with the univ.'s student counsellor's help. She also found a roommate online, and then she moved, to Ohio of all places, to attend the Univ. After two years her grade point average was high enough to be able to transfer to a more prestigious univ. where she obtained scholarships, she's now working on a doctorate. In the meantime I had also left the Fam. and after a while was able to start helping her a little.
She still will have the student loans to pay back once she starts working, but they're not enormous.
Her brother worked his way through a state univ., he had a job that paid well because of his computing talents, he graduated with a computer science degree.
Lots of people work part-time and go to community college to avoid a high tuition and the student loan route.
With an American passport once you move somewhere you become resident of that State, this applies to you and/or your kids.
ESL in the States ...my impression is that you can get a job at a univ. if you have a degree, if not, no matter how experienced you are & having training, for ex. the CELTA, that's not enough to get a state job. I've heard about people who free-lanced, setting up their own school with an immigrant community clientele and have done very well.