As an 18 year old high school senior, it is hard to imagine making a decision that will impact the next four years of their life. The first step to make sure the school is the proper social fit. Having hopefully already visited campus, this on-campus experience should have provided the student enough knowledge to make an informed decision. But can the family envision the student on campus, participating in the activities in the quad, eating in the dining halls or sleeping in the dorms rooms? If they can, this is a good sign. If they cannot, perhaps a last minute follow-up visit to the campus might be in order.
By now, the soon to be college freshman has received a plethora of acceptance letters and financial aid awards. Reexamine each of the acceptance letters and financial aid awards and ask yourself, “Can I afford to send my son/daughter to this school?” If the answer is a clear cut yes, then compare each of the school’s finances together. Think about the programs they offer and your likes/dislikes about each school to make a proper decision. Select the school that you feel is the best fit for your family.
If there is some hesitation in affordability, here are some things to consider regarding the college:
- How many loans will the student have to take out?
- What will the final amount of loans be when the student graduates in four years?
- Can my son/daughter receive the same quality education at a school that is not their first choice, but offering more in terms of financial aid?
- Is the scholarship they are receiving a one year scholarship or renewable for four years?
- What are the qualifications to be renewed?
Eliminate Friends From Decision
You can meet new friends at school,
such as the Colgate Raider!
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