Over the next few years, you'll make some of the best friends of your life, learn how to live on your own, do things just for fun and experiment with classes and activities. Academics are only one aspect of the college experience.
Some of the best advice I've ever read about college comes from Ben Jones, MIT's former Director of Communication. I've picked my favorite of the fifty points he mentions here, but highly encourage you to read the entire article, even print it out and stick it on your dorm wall!
Your friends will change a lot over the next four years. Let them.
Call someone you love back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes.
At least a few times in your college career, do some...
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As you look towards finally attending college, an important question to answer is how you will afford to pay for it.
There are two main applications that most students who are looking for need based financial aid will fill out:
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, Wikipedia) - Free application to determine student financial aid from the government. There are several types of aid that can be offered to students who have completed a FAFSA:
Pell Grant – A grant of up to $5,815 (as of the 2016-17 Award Year) for students with a low expected family contribution. A 2016 NerdWallet study found that students missed out on $2.7 billion in free federal Pell grants by not completing the FAFSA.
Congratulations! Now that you have a set of colleges you've been admitted to, you need to decide which one you're going to choose to spend the next few years of your life. There are several important factors to consider including:
Cultural fit - Each college has its own unique vibe and unwritten student code. You should try to visit each college, talk to students and get a sense of whether you'd be a good fit.
Cost - Every college will give you a different financial aid package, so you want to keep in mind if you'll be able to manage with the given package.
Focus on your major - Many universities are well known for specific fields of study. If you're pretty sure about your major then it makes sense to look at which colleges have a focus on that major.
Location / Climate - This might sound like a joke but there are some people that just can't stand cert...