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Did Money Prevent You From Attending Your Dream College?

A new study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling reports that 71 percent of high schools are saying more of their students are forgoing their "dream schools" this year than in the past. One high school official wrote, "With the exception of one or two students, [money] was THE determining factor in their decision."

Did money prevent you from attending your dream college?


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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
I haven't even attempted to see if it could be a reality. Maybe I should check it out!
kcmosinki kcmosinki 8 years
no, i went to my dream school Boston U. even though it was expensive, i would do it all over again, it was great.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I really wanted to go to a private Christian university and I actually had several scholarships to go there, but it just wasn't enough for me to be able to afford the tuition. Plus it was very far away from my family, so I ended up going to my second choice, which was UW-Madison. I ended up liking it okay, but I wish it would've been a bit smaller.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I didn't really have a "dream school" either -- I was just happy a college I wanted to go to had my major!
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Nah. I didn't really have a "dream school".
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
there is no dream college out there with pharmacy as a major as far as i know so it was more of a 'i hope i get into any college with a pharmacy option!' fortunately i did and at the end, its the degree that matters, not the school
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I too wanted to attend NYU, but as an out of state student, the price was crazy. I attended a small women's college and LOVED the experience. So it worked out in the end.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
my dream school rejected me ... but i still got to go to a Sister college.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
i went to my dream school (NYU). my parents, below the poverty level, contributed nothing, so i got by on scholarships, grants, loans and workstudy jobs (i had 3 during my junior year). $60k in debt was daunting as i left school, but faced with the same choice, i would do it again. i'm grateful to have had that experience, and i made connections with some of my nearest and dearest there (including my fiance and my mentor).
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Nope. Fortunately, I secured several merit-based scholarships. I was lucky.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
I never had a dream school. But I chose going to Cornell U. over UF because of money. Cornell offered me way more financial aid for my first year than the state school.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
I was able to attend a private school thanks to a scholarship that covered tuition for all four years, but if I had not gotten that scholarship, I would have been perfectly happy at the public university across town I think.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Although financial aid packages were a factor in my decision process, there was no one school that was eliminated from my list due to costs. In the end, I chose the school that was the best fit for me. Yes I had loans, but those were paid off within a few year.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
Wow, worst grammar ever. Sorry! :)
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
My plan was to got to Sarah Lawrence in NY. I only received a partial scholarship and the cost of being an out of state student was more than my mother could afford. My older sister was already in college and my younger sister in high school. I ended up at UT Austin (still a great school) with a enough scholarships and financial aid to cover tuition and living expenses all four year. I will get NY soon and maybe go to SLC for a second masters degree or dual w/JD from Pace now that I am paying my own way. It is my only regret but I never let it stop me.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
No, and I realize I was very very lucky. I went to a public school (UCLA), which had everything I was looking for in education, experience, and location. It's incredible how the university situation (cost not to mention difficulty of admission) is escalating each year.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
No, but that's because I went to a public in state school (Univ. of Maryland) with a (small) scholarship. To an 18 year old, a dream school may be one in a trendy city, by the beach, near the mountains. -- or one with a "good name" etc. ... it's often not where they would (1) get the best education, (2) the best value for the money) or (3) fit in best.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I think it's so sad when someone isn't able to go to the college of their choice because of the cost. I'm sure they still have great experiences wherever they end up, but I feel really lucky I was able to go to mine. However, if it hadn't been for my scholarship and parents' financial support I wouldn't have been able to do it. College is wayyyyyyyyy expensive in the US, particularly private schools.
brookberrys brookberrys 8 years
My plan was to do my first two years at community college b/c it was free (scholarships) and after I was going to transfer to my dream college. I never made it to that dream school, but I did transfer to another school that was the best fit for me at the time. But going to community college first for the basic classes saved me a ton of money.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
I wanted to go to NYU, but I couldn't let my parents spend that kind of money when I knew I could get just as good of an education at Rutgers for a fraction of the price. I guess it's a good thing I went there since that's how I met my fiance :P
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
fortunately i think that i didn't really have to consider finances when going to college although once i transferred schools - i was told that i had to pay my own way so it kind of upset me but i made do
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I'm going to the community college since I can't afford to take them at the University. :( It's kind of a bummer because I miss out on all that stuff that makes college life fun. I'm going to classes with people twice my age right now, so it's kind of a bummer.
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