My daughter now has to Decide:
She doesn’t really know what to study. Right now it’s international studies/relations but it could change - she’s truly undecided.
Her favorite school is American but with $15K in merit, it’s still near $60K a year (before going Greek).
She really liked College of Charleston and is in the Honors College there but in mainly every ranking category (grad success, job success, departmental rankings), it’s low. It’ll be $40K a year.
She really liked U of SC and is in the Honors College. It’s also not high ranked (the school) but the Honors College is. It’s about $29K a year. It could work but she’s seeking Jewish life and we’re not sure if they have it. We’ve reached out to some folks but no response yet. She didn’t like it as much as Charleston but does like the campus.
Then there’s Arizona - great aid. She needs to visit. We have relatives there and were on campus a few years ago. She doesn’t remember. It’s a cheaper option - $24K or so.
Finally FSU (she likes but doesn’t love) - it’s dirt cheap - $22K a year and much high rated (but is it worth another $21K a year) - Florida - at $43K - which she liked more.
Considering a major that is likely not a job getter, what’s the right choice? I have a 2nd in school at Alabama who is about $20K a year. We are not getting any need aid. Do you send your child where they want to go (UF over FSU) or a more expensive Charleston that is low ranked - or do you save the $$ and give the choice of only FSU or Arizona.
btw - I can tell you all the COAs the schools give you are understated - and add Greek…another $5K.
It’s the typical parent wants one thing; kids another. Objectively, I know the answer - but any thoughts on the subject - or maybe my research is wrong (i.e. maybe Charleston Honors is really good for getting a job, etc.).