As of today, we mailed more than 6,500 Financial Aid Award Letters to prospective students. Now that the dust has settled, our staff is focused on helping families make enrollment decisions by May 1st.
Unfortunately, my college selection process was not very well thought out. So, my experience in this category would not benefit anybody. However, having worked in Higher Education for more than 20 years, I think I can offer a few suggestions on selecting a college.
Your ultimate objective should always be part of the decision making process – a good paying job! Of course, there are other objectives such as location, size and cost. Over the last couple of years I have met many RIT alumni. And, they tell me over and over again how much their RIT education helped them in their current jobs. The co-op program at RIT not only provides experience, but it provides an opportunity for students to earn significant earnings while on co-op (http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/salary). Students who enroll in programs requiring co-op have four years of tuition spread over five years because students are not charged tuition while they are enrolled for a co-op.
It is important to select a college that will help you meet your ultimate objective. However, you must also feel like the campus is a good fit for you because you will be spending at least 4 years there. Hopefully, you have had the opportunity to visit your top 3 colleges. Personally, I think it is worth spending a little more money for comfort!
Last year I posted a blog that might be helpful in making your college selection http://ambassador.rit.edu/bca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1377&Itemid=8.
If you are struggling with your decision because of cost, contact us. We can confirm that you completed your financial aid application correctly and make sure that you understand the award. If there are unusual financial circumstances, or changes since you applied for financial aid, let us know so that we can re-look at your financial aid award based on those changes.
Our financial aid counselors are assigned to individual colleges. You can find your counselors contact information on our web site at http://www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/contact.html#staff.
Best of luck in selecting a college!