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Buyers remorse

TheRobTheRob Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited April 2011 in College Search & Selection
So, I just made my decision of attending a more prestigious (as well as more expensive) college, thinking that my undergraduate education will be far more rewarding and worth the extra money. After sending in my deposit form, I am now having second thoughts. I could have saved much more money going to my state school, but I didn't. Sure my parents can afford the price, but will that 40k difference (in 4 years) be worth it? Surely I will not know that until I actually arrive at the college.

Is anyone in the same situation feeling like this? Or, better yet, has anyone felt this way and had a great experience once entering college?

Then again... I would have felt the same remorse if I went to my state school....
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Replies to: Buyers remorse

  • gadadgadad Registered User Posts: 7,771 Senior Member
    Rob - My older daughter got into Harvard Early Action, went through a celebratory phase, and then a buyer's remorse phase. She suffered through that, got over it, and then had a great college experience. I think that what you're going through is very natural.
  • ricegalricegal Registered User Posts: 1,350 Senior Member
    What you are feeling is natural. As a parent, I still have these feelings about sending my son to an expensive school. However, we can never know how the other path might have turned out. I'm just happy that he's happy and that he will most likely get a job when he graduates. As an absolute (not relative) value it was a good investment.
  • josebiwasabijosebiwasabi Registered User Posts: 572 Member
    40k total difference over four years isn't that significant imo. go enjoy your college experience to the fullest and make sure that extra 40k was worth it. good luck!
  • jshainjshain Registered User Posts: 5,341 Senior Member
    As long as your parents can afford the extra 40K (and you said they could), without incurring additional debt, then don't second guess your decision. Use it as an incentive to work hard in school and show your folks that the extra cost was worth it in the long run.
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