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Choosing a college is a decision that's probably going to involve a lot of factors, not the least of which is the cost. In addition to the money, you may also be considering distance from home, the type of program you really want, or the type of school environment that may be best for you.
While you're prioritizing your wish list, use our College Comparison Chart to review the factors that are most important to you in a school.
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We get that this year isn't easy with so many choices up in the air. Check out these resources as you consider your options.
Start by comparing the total amount of money that you’ll need to cover for each school (use the bottom line from Step 2 in Crunch The Numbers). Use our online financial aid offer comparison tool to help you to compare the numbers.
The bottom line: The more you need to pay out of pocket, the more you're probably going to have take out in loans. Review our loan guide, My Education Loans, so that you understand your responsibilities when taking out a loan. Download the guide or request a printed copy.
If you have loan questions, give us a call.
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Keep in mind that your financial aid will probably change from year to year—perhaps resulting in more free money or more loans. Would either of these possibilities make you want to change your mind? If so, follow up with the school financial aid office.
There's no magic way of predicting these changes, but it's important to remember that the cost of college may not be the same from one year to the next.
Once you’ve made your decision, you’ll need to:
Congratulations! In the past year, you've navigated your way through a very difficult process, and you're now looking forward to a new adventure. There are just a few things to remember on the home stretch:
- Keep up your grades. Your college will see your final high school transcripts, so it’s important to keep doing well through graduation. This is especially important if you have been granted a scholarship with specific grade requirements.
- You’ve got mail. Due to federal privacy rules, college info will come to you, not to your parents. Sign in to your college e-mail account and get in the habit of reading all e-mails.
- Attend orientation. Most colleges offer day- or even week-long programs. Sign up early to get the date or program you want.
- Sign up for work–study if it was included in your financial aid offer (the best jobs go first).