Paying for College
WHAT DOES IT COST TO GO TO COLLEGE?
Unlike a public school
education, college education in
SINCE COLLEGE TUITION CAN COST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR OR MORE, HOW DO STUDENTS PAY FOR IT?
Money is available to help pay
college costs. The money,
called "financial aid," comes in
various forms: loans (which you
must pay back in years ahead);
grants (which you don't have to
pay back); and work study pay
(which you earn while you
learn). There are also
ways to save for college,
WHO CAN GET FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE EXPENSES?
Student financial aid is money that is available to help pay for the costs of college. The amount of aid is usually based on the amount of money you can show you will need and your ability to keep getting good grades. Many sources are available, including the federal government, state government, private organizations, religious bodies, and other groups.
Students from families that have either limited or moderate income often qualify for the largest amounts of financial aid. The amount depends on the family's other necessary expenses compared to their income.
IS A COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICE MORE LIKELY TO REJECT ME IF I AM GOING TO NEED FINANCIAL AID?
No. Financial need should not be a reason to deny someone admission. If this were to happen, it would be very unusual. However, not all colleges will be willing to make certain you get all the financial aid you need to cover expenses, once you are accepted. Check out New Jersey's state colleges and universities. Administrators there will do their best to make sure you don't have to drop out of college due to a lack of money.
DOES GOING TO AN EXPENSIVE COLLEGE MEAN I WILL GET A BETTER EDUCATION THAN I WOULD AT A LESS EXPENSIVE COLLEGE?
Not necessarily. Colleges
with high tuitions are not
necessarily better than less
expensive ones. Public
colleges have affordable tuition
and also have fine programs.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST
REASONS TO SEEK A COLLEGE
EDUCATION IN NEW
|·||Affordability and a generous, varied array of student aid programs, to help families and students pay for college.|
|·||There are top notch institutions here with great faculty, great programs.|
|·||Familiarity and convenience; not necessarily having to relocate if you don't want to.|
|·||For those who begin at highly affordable colleges here, there are some great opportunities to transfer credit to New Jersey senior public colleges and universities, in some cases obtaining a bachelor's degree without leaving the county.|