Choosing a College

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Took my son to UW River Falls on last wednesday and we went to Concordia just yesterday. We go to Augsburg this wednesday. These are schools that want him to play football for them. River Falls is about 12,000 and Concordia is 34,000.
Of course he likes Concordia the best and his girlfriend is going to River Falls. I hate the thought of him getting out of college with $100,000 in student loans. With our money situation he won't get much in grants or fiancial aid. And we didn't really save for his college. His grades aren't all that good but his ACT score was pretty good.
Whose choice is it? Can I tell him he has to go to the cheaper school. We could probably do River Falls with out student loans. He will have to take out student loans if he goes to Concordia. Is he mature enough to make the decision for himself. Does he understand the expense he will have after graduation.
I know he is strickly thinking Football. He has been living and breathing Football his whole life. Since he was in the 3rd grade he has talked about playing in the NFL. I know he has come to the realization that it probably won't happen but do I burst his dream.

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    Here's what I would check - how many players from each college played pro-ball? I know some from River Falls did even if it wasn't in their public history (went there myself and since I'm not a football fan, if they ran into me at the airport or somewhere, they were friendly!)
    What are his other career goals and what majors does each school offer that would fit his goals, interests and skills (i.e., he probably does better at some subjects more than others)? Also, consider that sometimes just having the degree will get him into some jobs that are not related to the degree.
    River Falls is a driveable distance if he doesn't have a car or something comes up. It is a party town and he will have to be careful that he doesn't do too much of that and lose his focus on school.
    As for the choice - my dad always said he paid the bills and he made the decisions. He did offer me a choice between 2 schools and I chose River Falls so I could live in the dorms. If he does, make sure he knows how to use an alarm clock (I didn't even own one). Also, there used to be a reciprocity agreement where Minnesota students got cheaper tuition there.
    4132 days ago
    You do what you can to get him in a good school. I am sure he will understand, but remember there is a lot of scholarships out there he can apply for as well. Look into that to help out with the cost of the school he wants to go to. There is also work-study and grant to apply to as well. Just breathe and talk it over with him and try to see what you guys can do... everything will fall into place and will be alright:) emoticon Orange Tiger ROARRRR!!!!
    4133 days ago
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