College costs

The guidance office offers many college visits throughout the year during classes. During these presentations students have the opportunity to learn about various colleges around the country and region.The main focuses of these meeting are typically financial aid, admissions and the school’s community.

The guidance office offers many college visits throughout the year during classes. During these presentations students have the opportunity to learn about various colleges around the country and region.The main focuses of these meetings are typically financial aid, admissions and the school’s community.

As deadlines to obtain scholarships and acceptance letters approach for seniors, pressures for juniors to begin thinking about the college process are rising.

According to the College Board, in 2013-2014 the average cost for a public four-year college was $18,391; this illustrates a possible rising cost for freshmen in college.

Many aspects go into finding the perfect match for each individual; however, cost can be a determining factor as to how one spends their post-secondary years.

“I’ve been looking into the cost but also the campus and how it’s set up. I like to know how far it is to walk to classes and its layout,” Collin Pitzer (12) said. “It’d be nice to look at somewhere that costs less but to me a degree is what I’ll be getting out of it regardless of how much it costs and that’s the most important thing.”

Although cost is an influential aspect when looking at schools, factors that could weigh more heavily include majors, the environment of the school, the location and religious affiliation.

“[How to pay for tuition is] something I’ll look at after I’m accepted into the schools I’m thinking about applying to,” Kate Skardon (12) said. “I want to go to a brand new place and that affects my opinion when looking at different schools.”

Because of the conflicting factors in regards to one finding a perfect school at the right price, it is important to make the decisions about how to pay for tuition early on.

“I would rather put up with loans and love the school than be unhappy with the school,” Pitzer said.

Although loans are often a way for students to pay for college, it is not uncommon for parents to pay tuitions or for students to apply for scholarships to aid in cutting the price of one’s post-secondary education. The guidance department helps students with this process.

“We offer financial aid night, typically individual conferences about the college process, student aid and scholarships,” Adam Woessner, guidance counselor, said.

Because of the typically required involvement of parents and faculty, students usually seek help for various aspects of the college application and preparation process.

“My mom and I have been looking at different scholarship opportunities, researching different essays that could give me money to go towards tuition,” Skardon said.

Naviance, a college planning website for secondary students, is a resource for all high school students; however, it is helpful for upperclassmen preparing for their next step: college.

“I go on [Naviance] probably once every two weeks,” Skardon said. “I use it when I need to and it’s very helpful especially when organizing your extracurriculars for applications.”

By Sarah Penix

penix.sarah@oakwoodschools.org

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