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Another factor to consider is location and living arrangements. Will you be attending full-time or part-time? If you will attend on a part-time basis, then the school must be located within reasonable commuting distance. Full-time attendance offers the choice of a commute from home or living on campus. Living on campus brings up another question. Is proximity to home for weekend visits or a location farther away of more importance? An increasingly popular way of attending class and even earning a degree is through online courses. Many colleges now recognize the benefits of making classes available to their students who can "attend" a course online anytime from anywhere.
Additionally, financial aid is of great consideration and can make or break your college choice. There are several different forms of financial aid. Scholarships and grants may be awarded to students with academic, artistic, or athletic strengths. They may also be awarded to those in under-represented groups or those in financial need and do not need to be repaid. Educational loans do need to be repaid and there are several categories. Student loans, parent loans, and home equity loans are possible sources of funding for college tuition and expenses. Additionally, you must decide how much you are willing to spend on your education. The cost of an education at a private university may be ten times the price of attending a public state university. However, class sizes may be smaller and instruction more individualized, and you may receive grants to cover the higher cost.
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a college
or university, but with the proper research and groundwork, you can
further your education through a college program that is right for you.
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