There are three types of fit that a student needs to consider when searching for the best colleges for their needs. The first fit is to determine what you want in a college. Here are some of the issues you might consider to find what you want in a college. However, knowing what you want is not the only fit to consider.
You must also consider whether the college is an academic fit based on the college’s criteria. For instance, if you are applying to a highly competitive college with a 3.0 GPA, you are probably not going to be a good academic fit even if every thing else about the college is perfect for you.
The final fit you must consider is the financial fit. Can you afford to attend the college that meets the first two fit criteria? If you can’t, then fit according to the first two categories does you no good since you can’t afford to attend that perfect school. To determine your financial fit you must understand how college financial aid works.
To be successful in the college search, make sure you consider all three types of fit.