Im 24 and a recent MS grad. I want to be a PA, and thought that I might get better advice from people who have experience managing finances in this forum. A relative has offered me a free place to stay near one of the universities that I may take my pre-reqs at this school yr. I can live rent free and just do household chores/ run errands. The problem Im having a hard time finding HCE opportunities in the area. I just received my EMT-Basic certification; however, the county doesnt have any volunteer EMS agencies. Ive called nearby cities but they will not let me volunteer since I would be living out of their district. If I stay at my current university to take pre-reqs, Ill have to continue to pay for rent and expenses. However, there are plenty of EMS volunteer opportunities available and medical professionals to shadow. I also know the Fire/Rescue chief in town and he said I had a good shot of making it on to their squad next hiring session. Right now Im looking for a job (budget cuts terminated my last job in May) I have about 20k in savings but I dont want to blow it all if possible. Im a few years away from applying to PA school. Would you live rent free or live where there are more health care opportunities?