According to the Fort Worth Business Press Spring 2014 School Guide, there are few tips one should consider when applying to a college or university.
Texas Wesleyan's John M. Veilleux says to:
- Do your research. What size of school are you looking for? Identify what is important to you, and find three or four schools that fit within your criteria. He advises to not take others opinions too seriously. It's all about you.
- Consider cost and financial aid. There is a difference in pricing between public and private schools. Scholarships and other financial aid are there to help getting your education affordable. Very few people pay the "sticker" price.
- Campus visits are very important. Veilleux says to never choose a college on "blind faith." It's too risky. It's okay to visit 2-3 campuses. Meet students, professors and staff, and ask yourself if it feels right.
Wes Waggoner of Southern Methodist University had this to add:
- Keep an open mind. Explore other areas of the country. You never know if you will find a jewel and the right fit.
Finding the right college or university can be a daunting task. However, there is sound advice and guidance many places. While Unity One Credit Union can't help you make a decision on where to go to school, it can help you prepare financially for those big decisions you will have to make during your tenure. In addition, there are loan options that you may consider, and we would be happy to talk with you about your options.