Students should identify their priorities both presently and for the future. Attending a school with friends may positively impact a student in the moment, but if the school’s tuition exceeds their budget, it could result in high student loan payments post-graduation.
Two of the biggest priorities in college selection include affordability and career goal alignment. Many students want financial stability after graduation, and large student loans make this harder to reach. To earn high-paying jobs in their fields, learners must attend quality colleges to position themselves as quality candidates. This means individuals should select a school that closely aligns with their career goals.
Some students receive enough financial aid that a degree’s cost may not influence their decision. For undecided majors, available degrees may not matter either. For these reasons, students should take a self-inventory of their own priorities.