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@OHMomof2 funny thing too - she works for the Office of Volunteerism at her college :0 and gets paid :0 (although she still also volunteers) She got an excellent merit aid offer from her school ($11,500 a year off a 28K bill) - so it all worked out. She also won around $8K in outside scholarships, which isn't anything to sniff at, free money is free money :0
Some more thoughts, although @SpacemanEd nails a lot of it.
Money: IF you are able to graduate in 4 years, the cost would be
$10 x 4 = $40,000 (plus 10%, since costs will increase, but merit will not)
$18 x 4 = $72,000 (ditto above)
An additional $32,000 in loans is nothing to sniff at. That is about $350 a month for 10 years.
Cent. Hall is the Honors program? HAHAHAHA. That is the place we used to call "The PIT" when I attended TCNJ. It has single sex floors, big old school bathrooms. To say the least it is ugly. I saw that renovated it 8 or 9 years ago, but the layout remains the same. Back in my day the Honors program got New Res. The Honors Program at TCNJ really isn't much to speak of (see posts on TCNJ about it) The Honors at Rowan is a very active group and a lot going on.
I loved my time at TCNJ, truly truly I did, but I can't say it is worth an extra $32,000 - or MORE if you don't graduate in 4 years, which given that you are going in undecided is likely. Even if you weren't, lots of kids don't graduate in 4 years and those extra years aren't free!!
I've heard that Rowan has a really excellent "undecided" program - structured to give you exposure to different areas, but also knock off required courses. That was from someone whose kid is in it.
For the record, my daughter did not get into the Rowan Honors program in the fall, enrolled in Honors Comp II, aced it, and got admitted now. The degree won't say "started Honors one semester late" so it really doesn't matter. I guess she missed living on the Honors floor in the brand new dorm (HoPoCo) but she lived in HoPoCo anyway...so again...