It is almost time! You have already applied, you have completed every financial aspect of the application, you have gone to many interviews and college tours…but now you have to decide. Do not worry you are almost done!
Consider the Financial Aid Offers
One of the most important aspects you should consider when choosing your college is the financial part. Ask yourself: Will I be in immense debt if I go to this college? Will they give me Subsidized or Unsubsidized loans? (More information on this here: Questions to Ask When Making Student Loan Decisions) It is important to take into consideration the amount of money you are receiving from colleges because you do not want student loan debt to dictate any financial decisions in your life after graduation. Your Money Mentor can help you get organized once you've received your financial aid letters. Just send them a screenshot or a picture and they'll help you compare the different offers and explain where exactly the money is coming from.
It is essential that you are in a school that has the major you are interested in. If you are the type of person who tends to change your mind a lot or you are unsure about what you initially want to study, go to a school with many options. It is okay if your do not declare a major at first; in fact, many schools will not allow you to declare a major until the spring of your sophomore year or even the fall of your junior year. It is also ok to know exactly what you want. If you have some sense of what you would like to study, you may want to choose a school renowned for your specific major or program of study.
Distance from Home
Some of you may be willing to go across the country for your undergraduate years, but others may want go a few hours upstate or even commute to school. This decision can be very hard for people very close to their family. But, this decision should be entirely up to you! Don't attend a school where you will not be happy just because it's close to home, or just because it's the furthest away from home.
If you would like to have the experience of living on campus but you do not want to be too far away from home, consider attending a school only a few hours away. But, if you would like the ability to experience a different part of the country, or even a different part of the world, then find a college that fulfills that desire.
Words of Encouragement
This process can be scary! But everything will be okay. Ultimately with the decision you make you are the one that has to make the best out of your college experience. You are not alone in this process. Every year, thousands of high school graduates enter the college process. Just remember, the hard part is over! You've already applied and you may have received a few offers. So, just enjoy these last few months of senior year!