i wasn’t sure which category to post this in, so it’s going here.
i’m a high school senior from alabama. i have already received decisions from every college i applied to, and it’s not looking great.
i was a finalist but didn’t match so i moved onto other application rounds.
i applied to mit early action and columbia early decision. in regular decision, i finished and submitted applications to brown, colgate, colorado college, northwestern, vassar, yale, colby, hamilton, washington & lee, and wesleyan.
i was rejected from every single school i applied to through questbridge.
after that, i applied to the university of memphis through a priority application. i guess i applied after the financial aid priority date because i received no merit scholarship or other aid (just pell grant and direct loans). their cost of attendance is ~12,000-13,000 per semester.
i had applied to long island university (brooklyn) and i received 17,500 in merit aid there. the only issue is liu brooklyn has a really expensive cost of attendance to begin with. tuition alone is 37,926 annually & that’s not including room & board, books, etc.
the point is: i can’t afford to go to either of these places.
so, here is the fundamental question: what am i supposed to do?
- i could take out student loans for either liu brooklyn or u of memphis.
- i could take a gap semester and apply to schools that accept spring 2022 admits. if i did, where?
- i could take a gap year and apply to schools for fall 2022 with really good merit/need aid programs. if i did, where?
- i could wait until later to go to college, after i’ve got some work experience. and again, if i did, where?
the only thing that i don’t consider an option is applying to in-state schools, or really, any schools in the south. i hate it in alabama, and interacting with the average person here is physically exhausting and depressing because of the culture of the bible belt (think racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, overtly capitalist/fascist, and so on).
some other information if you want to recommend me schools to apply to:
- i’m currently most interested in social work or non-profit management, communications or journalism, and any environmentally-oriented majors (environmental engineering, urban planning, etc).
- my family’s made up of 6 people including myself and my efc is around 2150.
- my act is a 33, my weighted gpa is a 3.9 and my unweighted is a 3.6.
- in the fall 2020/spring 2021 semesters, my grades have dropped substantially (from a-/b report card to a/b/c/d report card) due to depression/anxiety symptoms and my high school swapping to different levels of in-person/hybrid/virtual instruction.
- i want to live in an urban area. i need to be shown that the world is bigger.
i realize this post is long. thank you for your time.