I'm in a strange situation. I was recently accepted into a field program at a University, but at that university I am classified as a non-degree seeking student. However, I graduated this last spring from my undergrad and am going to be a grad student at a new school this fall, but the field school runs this summer. I tried applying for a Sallie Mae loan and was approved for it, but the school the field program is through won't certify any loans for non-degree seeking students and I'm not technically a student yet in the grad program so I can't get loans via that school. However, this field school experience will help me get into a PhD program and is an incredible opportunity that will pay for itself in the end, I just can't afford to pay out of pocket. I was even given a fellowship to help with the costs!