The Choice, the New York Times college admissions blog, recently had an article about a young woman who planned on attending the University of New Haven but was unable to do so because she couldn’t afford the college.
I feel sorry that this young woman wasn’t able to afford to attend the school she desired. But once again this is a clear example of someone who did not understand how college financial aid works. A quick check would have shown that the typical student gets about 68% of their need met at the University of New Haven. This student had about 70% of her need met and was unable to find the money to pay for the additional costs.
If this student had understood financial aid she would have known that the University of New Haven might not be a reasonable choice for her. Or she would have had more time to try to raise the additional money she would need to pay for this college.
Knowledge is power. Use the power to find the best college for you and that includes the one you can afford.