Choosing the Right College

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Every year millions of students are faced with a decision that will greatly affect their future, choosing the right college. In the fall of 2013, approximately 21.8 million students attended American colleges and universities (Fast Facts). Making sure you choose the right college is important because it will affect your future and it will determine what kind of education you will receive. When choosing the right college, a few things that need to be considered are the cost, the academics, and the campus (As You Research Colleges). When it comes to choosing the right college, one of the biggest factors is the price. During the 2011-12 school year, the average annual cost for an undergraduate at an in-state four year institution was $14,292 and $33,047 for a private institution (Fast Facts). It is important to research the price of colleges and learn about the cost of tuition, books, room and board, and any additional fees that there may be. While you are researching find out about each college’s financial aid, scholarships, and student loans opportunities. The cost of the college greatly affects the student’s and parent’s decision. It can prevent a student from going to college even if he or she has good grades and wants to go. One scholarship that many students try very hard to receive is an athletic scholarship. However, only about one to two percent of undergraduate students in Bachelor’s degree programs are awarded athletic scholarships (Sport Scholarships). According to the NCAA, Division I and Division II schools provide over $2 billion in athletic scholarships to more than 126,000 students every year (How Do Athletics Scholarships Work). If a student is applying for scholarships or financial aid, remember that they will not... ... middle of paper ... ...sion of which college to go to is made and they plan for the future. College may seem far away now, but before you know it, you too will have to make the important choice about college. Works Cited "As You Research Colleges and Career Schools, Consider Such Factors as Cost, Location, Accreditation, and More." Federal Student Aid. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. "Fast Facts." Fast Facts. Institute of Education Sciences, n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. "How Do Athletics Scholarships Work?" NCAA. NCAA, n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. "Sports Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships and Financial Aid for Student Athletes." The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid. FinAid, n.d. Web. 10 May 2014. "Tuition Information and Resources." University of Texas Arlington. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2014. "What Makes a School Large or Small?" US News. U.S.News & World Report, 22 June 2011. Web. 12 May 2014.

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