One of the most important parts of the final college decision is evaluating financial aid packages. Here are some great tools to help with that:
Read the school’s scholarship offers closely. Some require a minimum GPA to keep receiving the scholarship every year. This adds a level of risk. A school offering a slightly lower scholarship with no minimum GPA requirement could work out better in the long run. Even the best high school students often struggle with grades in the first year of college!
Tips for negotiating merit scholarships/financial aid:
How to make the final college decision:
Check out student reviews on these sites to see what current students say about their schools:
In the end, the best way to make the final college decision is to compare financial aid packages, have your student attend admitted student visit days, and determine which school offers the greatest overall “value” for your student. This may or may not equate to the school offering the lowest price to your student.