So, I applied for a graduate program (non-thesis) which is an advanced standing program and the only way to get a masters at the university for my program. During the summer session I completed my elective classes with an A and a B. However, fall semester rolled around and I did piss poor unintentionally because I became overwhelmed due to my own mental health issues, a physical assault and a financial burden of fixing my car ($2,000) which I need in order to attend field placement which is 250 hours a semester. So working full time to ensure I had a car for my program and attending classes and placement full time just screwed me. I ended with a fail out of a pass/fail course, two additional F grades and a C, which for my program is also not passing. My program hasn't kicked me out, however, there is no way for me to graduate as the GPA requirement for the graduate school is a 3.0, and my program is only 30 hours of credits. I cannot get licensed without my degree and the director of the program appears to be sympathetic to my situation but I don't think I have anywhere to go from here. I have never made below a B before in undergraduate or graduate work. I am in their MSW program but I am afraid I cannot continue in the program with hopes of getting a degree here, and my graduate level GPA will have only the one piss poor semester and an okay 2 classes over the summer. I want to continue but I am not sure if I can reapply or if my GPA will haunt me and ruin my chances of getting any Masters level degree. (I also did not withdraw or drop out of the program because I am a child who aged out of the foster care system and have no biological or legal guardians who could financially support me and I have been surviving off of working and budgeting financial aid.) Any advice would be appreciated, I am currently just really lost and stressed as I do not know what I can do from here.
You say the director of the program is sympathetic to you. Why not talk to them?
This may be a case where the devil is truly in the details. You might be able to take additional classes to bring up your GPA. You may be allowed to retake classes. These are the kind of high level alternative options that a program director will know. Especially with the health issues and assault, the director may have a case to file some kind of waiver. (Probably to allow you to retake one or more classes.)
You also have to be honest with the director (and yourself) about your workload & course load balancing. Is it realistic to expect that you will be able to get straight A's from here on out while working full time to pay for expenses? It sounds like that will be difficult. Check with the director about other options (a semester off, becoming part time, grants, loans).
Being proactive and starting the conversation with the director is probably the best way to move forward.
Lastly, even if you find that walking away from this program is the right, best, "least worst", or only option for now, it does not mean that this is your one and only shot at a Master's degree. My Undergraduate gpa was not stellar. I was able to show that I had matured from that time (only four years before I applied) by taking graduate level courses and succeeding in them, which led to me getting two graduate degrees (not at the same time). In my experience, grades alone are not the only thing that grad schools look at when you apply.