You’ve got a decision to make – and that’s a good thing.
Spring has finally arrived and so have college admissions letters in mailboxes & inboxes across the nation. I can personally remember waiting with great anticipation for my admissions decision letter to arrive from USC.
That long anticipated wait is finally over and the colleges you’ve applied to will be letting you know what their admission decision is.
With the excitement and nerves of receiving your letters, comes a big decision to be made. Keep the following points in mind as you and your family review the colleges that have accepted you:
- Compare financial aid award letters to determine which school best meets your and your family’s needs.
- You’ll want to calculate what your actual family share of cost will be at each school. Refer to this very helpful link below to watch a presentation by The College Board, which includes a Webinar titled: It’s Time! Comparing Financial Aid Awards and Making the Best Decision for You, and various other resources that you can download here: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/for-parents/webinar-its-time-comparing-financial-aid-award-letters
- Contact the Office of Financial Aid at the college or university where you’re planning to attend and do not hesitate to ask any questions you have regarding your financial aid package.
- Consider factors such as the size of the school and extracurricular activities that are offered. Just as important, look into what type of housing and meal plans are available to you.
- Remember to closely follow any deadlines, such as when you need to notify the college of your decision and when you’ll need to send them your transcripts, or any other requested supplemental information.
I greatly encourage you to stop by the College and Career Center on the El Rancho High School campus to meet with our Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera program partners, Be A Leader and EAOP-UCI. They can answer any questions you may have regarding making your final college decision. There’s always a staff member present to offer assistance and guidance.
Congratulations on beginning the next chapter of your education and the very best of luck to you!