The Cost of College

Emilie Bowman, Editor-in-Chief

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With the school year now in full gear, seniors are frantically scrambling to look at and apply to colleges. There are so many factors to think about: location, admission rate, size, student-teacher ratio, the programs, and most importantly THE COST.

As if seniors don’t have enough to worry about already with their current schooling, sports, jobs, and so many other things, they now have to feel the pressure of deciding what they want to do with the rest of their lives and how much debt they would like to come out with.

Students who excel in the classroom and other areas like sports, band, choir, and many other clubs, have a chance to save thousands of dollars on their tuition.

But what about everyone else? What about the kids who do well in class but aren’t in the top 20%? What about the kids whose parents make enough money for them to live a comfortable lifestyle at home but are nowhere near able to pay for college? Or even worse, the kids whose parents can’t help out at all due to an already stretched budget?

Obviously Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is an option but students and their families can get denied or not get nearly enough to pay for all of their schooling so they have to look for other scholarships on their own.

This can be a very stressful process, trying to find ways to stand out from the thousands of other students who are trying to get just a little extra assistance to not break the bank.

Depending on the type of school, private, public, non-profit, cost can be anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 per year. PER YEAR! Lucky enough scholarships can be awarded for almost anything.

Most school counselors can help you find scholarships to apply for that can be as easy as giving your SAT/ACT scores and GPA or writing an essay. Some essays have specific prompts like giving your opinion on gun control or some can be as fun as telling a story about how you broke your arm as a little kid.

There are many scholarship website out there, like Scholarships.com, CollegeNET.com, collegeboard.org, and many others. Many students may also be qualified for aid through their parents places of employment so make sure to talk to your parents.

Some scholarships can be awarded by the university you plan to attend and most are on a first come, first serve basis so the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get money off on tuition.

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One Response to “The Cost of College”

  1. Alvarado on November 2nd, 2018 10:02 am

    When if FASFA due? Who can I speak to?

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