I had no idea that my university was funding my studies, and even when I was told about the programme, I had little idea what it would cost.
That’s not to say that the cost of an undergraduate course is trivial, but I’m sure I’m not alone.
I was able to find out the price for my undergraduate course online, but my research project on my studies was so intensive that I had to get a grant from the university to cover the costs.
My tuition fee was $30,000, and the fees paid by the university, including the cost for my textbook (which is not covered by the grant), my research projects, and any additional funding from the state were all $2,500.
That leaves me with $18,000 in total, which I could spend on things like food, drinks, accommodation, and books.
If I could afford to, I’d probably spend that on food, as I do not have a good relationship with my university, and I’m already on a food budget (which I’m hoping will soon be met).
I’m not the only person that is struggling to make ends meet.
In fact, according to a report released by the University of Adelaide (UAA) in 2016, the number of university graduates with no access to a university degree has more than doubled over the past 10 years, from 5,600 to 18,800.
And that’s just in the past decade.
In 2015, the average starting salary for a full-time university graduate in Australia was $54,000.
By 2019, that number had risen to $67,000 for graduates from universities in the states of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania.
While the number has increased, the cost has increased as well.
According to the UAA report, there are now costs associated with the cost associated with studying at the University.
For example, the university is expected to cover a student’s living expenses of $6,000 if they live in a student accommodation accommodation.
This means that a student who wants to study at the university needs to spend about $6k on living expenses.
If they also want to travel for the university’s research activities, they need to spend around $4k, which means that they will need to pay another $2k for their own transport, accommodation and food.
Even if they do manage to secure a scholarship, it’s not cheap, as the UPA report estimates that a one-year scholarship at the UEA costs around $9,000 (about $1,500 in today’s dollars).
While I’d like to think that I could save money by studying at a university, there’s no doubt that my education will be significantly more expensive than my family would like.
That being said, the amount of time I would need to devote to studying would be a fraction of my time.
I am fortunate to be able to work full-timber and live in an apartment that is not only close to campus but also close to my workplace.
I can also commute to work by car and train from my home, and while I can’t take advantage of my local university to study there, I can take advantage from the nearby libraries and museums to get around.
As an aside, while I’m no stranger to the benefits of having a degree, I do appreciate that I’m in a different league than most people, and that I’ll have to get used to it over the next several years.
Like many people who have been through this, I will not be able or willing to quit my job, and it would be difficult for me to do so if I didn’t already have a job and a job well.
At the end of the day, I don’t want to say I’m broke, because I am, but if I can live with the amount I have now, I have enough to eat, pay for basic living expenses, and travel on, I think that’s enough for me.
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