I have been accepted to 5 colleges, but I’m having difficulties on choosing especially dealing with the aspect of finances.
I have been accepted to
St. John’s College (MD)
New College of Florida
I have already crossed out GA Southern due to fit, but I am still unsure where I should go to school.
Finances are a (the) major factor as I would like to graduate with as little debt as possible since I’m considering either med or grad school.
I have recieved the following financial aid:
Reed-- 64,000 aid (without work study and including 5,500 in loans)
which is about 3000 a year for room and board and tuition. However, I live in ATL and tickets to Portland are not cheap, and I’m worried about cases when I can’t fly out due to delays or cancellations which would mean I need to keep money save for hotels.
I am unable to visit Reed before May 1st which is something I’m apprehensive about. I really like to get the vibe of the porpsies and current students, so if any one has ideas about accomplishing this other than Facebook (which I don’t have), feel free to give me suggestions.
St.John’s-- 57,500 aid (excluding 2,500 in work study and including 5,500 loans) which is about 6,500 a year. I when to the admitted students day and overnight and had I really great time. I felt that I really belong there and made really great friends. This was also the only college I got to see a class in action and I really enjoyed the seminar and tutorials. I am most worried about the cost of completing pre reqs for med school as I will have to take another year after I graduate to take the required courses. I do like that there is a scholarship available for interships and other work during the summer however these are pretty conpetitive. I am also worried about travel as recently my flight almost got cancelled and I’m worried I’ll be in a situation with little money to spare.
New College-- 33,000 aid (including 5,500 loan and was awarded no work study) which is about 10,000 a year. I was also selected as a Isermann Medal Finalist (2,500 research stipend with mentor with a professor) and will interview soon. However, while I like the school, this school is probably the one going off the list first due to it’s high cost. If I can’t get aid increased with the financial aid comparison, then it will be.
I do like the school, and I visited on the admitted students day, but I’m unsure if I really fit in with my prospective peers as I really didn’t get any vibe that I belonged there.
GA Tech-- 20,250 aid (excluding work study and including 5,500 in federal loans and 1000 in a school sponsored loan) which is about 8,000 a year.
I first visited the campus sophomore year and I really liked it. I have been on campus multiple times due to meeting up with current students for tutoring, so it’s definitely a place that I can navigate and feel comfortable. I’m very worried about the cost however, and it’s one of the more expensive schools on my list.
Can someone give any insight to both the strongest attributes to each school and cost, including any hidden cost I haven’t thought about. I really want to go to a college that encourages learning for the sake of learning, has many people either getting a job or going to grad or med school after graduation, and has strong professors which pretty much all of my colleges accomplish so I’m having a hard time distinguishing between them and I really want to go to the school with the lowest debt possible. Is anyone able to give any insight?