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Choosing "the" College
3 How can I maximize
college financial aid. Answer:
Colleges compete for students and
award financial aid accordingly. They start with your Expected Family
Contribution. Students with
high standardized tests scores are sought after. If
relative to other freshman applicants your scores are high you receive more aid.
a desired skill be it the Arts, Sports, etc. receive more
aid. If you have high relative scores or skills a private school close to home may be less expensive after financial
aid than an inexpensive live-in
public school. See
4) Warning: Colleges will create a first year financial plan based upon your savings, grants and scholarships and a number of loans. Loans that may be federally sponsored, private, and even from the college. There is nothing logical for first year loans. Nothing. Loans can be as addictives as credit cards and just as dangerous.
1) Do I have to choose a major right away? Answer: Probably not. Many schools will ask you to declare a major after a year or two.
2) Department A of State U has accepted my application and Department B which offers my preferred major has rejected my application. I really like State U. What should I do? Answer: Most students change majors or end up working in a career field unrelated to their major. That said, attend Department A of State U, work hard to maximize your cumulative grade point average, and apply for a change of major to Department B. A high paying STEM major may be worth the effort but be prepared to work very hard.
See Not All College Majors Are Created Equal.
Why is a major important
Answer: 1) You should major in something you
like to do, rather than something you like to study. You may like to study
psychology, but do you want to get a master's degree and be a school
psychologist. or work in social services. 2) If economics
return is important then major is important. At the very least choose a high
demand minor. The vast majority of job openings will be in health care,
education, business, and high paying STEM areas. Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics pay the most. There are fewer really good paying
jobs in liberal arts and social sciences.
Not All College Majors Are Created
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