Make a Decision
Picking a college is a big deal, but there is no one perfect school for you. If you are accepted to multiple schools, revisit your research and consider which of your options has the most of your desired features. At the same time, consider which one is most affordable for you.
I have been accepted to three colleges, and they have sent me financial aid letters; but, it’s hard to tell which one will give me the best deal.
Before committing to any college, make sure to analyze the financial aid package you’ve received so you are clear on exactly how much money you will be responsible for during that academic year. Make sure you know the answers to the following questions: How much will I have to take out in loans? How much will I have to pay up front? And, will I have work-study funds to support me?
Use the Comparison Sheet to help assess your package.
I got accepted to a few colleges. I am excited, but I can’t decide. Help.
Go back to your college research to identify which college that accepted you has the most features that matter to you. Look especially closely at financial aid and take time to compare the packages. If possible, visit the campuses you are considering. If the college is in NYC, spend a few hours on the campus to get a feel for what it would be like to be a student there. Many colleges also offer free bus trips and open houses. Call the admissions office at each school to find out more.
DOCUMENT | A worksheet to help students compare financial aid packages from different schools. Students fill in the details of two to three financial aid packages in order to understand exactly how they compare in terms of how much students will pay. Read moreBookmark
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