You’ve heard a lot about the college search—maybe in a high school presentation about financial aid and college majors, or maybe from a college student walking backwards who talked about meal plans and campus traditions.
These topics, while important to discuss with your parents, leave out a crucial ingredient in college success. So what is the biggest topic that seniors forget to discuss with the people around them?
1. Return on Investment
College is an investment—and a big one at that—so it’s important to choose a school that will set you up for success.
Say you have a choice between School A, which is willing to give you a whopping ton in scholarships, or School B, which is not. You should choose School A, right? Not necessarily.
On a second look, you notice School B has a 90% graduation rate, a great reputation and an award-winning internship program. At School A, on the other hand, not even a third of students graduate in 4 years. School B will make it easy to get your dream job after graduation, and the money you’ll make will offset those tuition costs. School A, however, may make it difficult to even get a degree.
Bottom line, don’t choose the school with the lowest costs today; choose the school that will be worth the most upon graduation.
In all fairness though, return on investment can be difficult to calculate. After all, it’s hard to predict your post-college success, but here are a few topics to help find schools with great returns on investment and filter out the ones that may cost you.
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