Selecting the Right College

The time has finally come. You've been saving money consistently over the years, as your child has graduated from elementary school to middle school to high school. Now your child is actually ready to start thinking about exactly where he or she wants to go to college. Selecting a college is no easy task. There are approximately 3,000 accredited colleges in the United States. Of these, approximately 1,800 are four-year colleges. With all these possibilities, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the search process.

However, by considering a few key factors, your child should be able to eliminate all but 30 or 40 colleges. The list can then be pared down further with additional book research, attendance at college fairs, correspondence with particular colleges, and perhaps campus visits. To help with the search, an increasing number of families are turning to professional educational consultants. These families expect the up front costs of such assistance to pay off in the form of a more exhaustive, yet less frenzied college selection process.

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