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Step 1: Can You Afford College?High School Seniors & Freshmen
A first important question to ask yourself is whether or not you can afford to attend the college you are thinking of attending If you an out-of-state student can you afford to pay the out-of-state tuition rate, and if so, for all four years? Would it make more sense to take some courses at an in-state institution first and then transfer to graduate from your out-of-state choice?
These are the types of questions you need to ask yourself. But the only and practical way to determine this is to know what the costs and expenses are for the type of student you will be. Then apply for financial aid. Finally and most importantly - does the financial aid package you were awarded cover all the costs to pay for college? If not, then you may need to find other solutions.
Step 2: A Student's Budget - High School Seniors & Freshmen
Each college and university has different types of costs and expenses which students are required to pay in order to attend classes. So the first question is - can you afford the costs of the institution to which you are applying? The typical costs that are eligible for funding as determined by Financial Aid. Tuition, fees, on-campus housing and meal plans will be charged to your online student account:
Tuition (costs to enroll in classes)
Fees (additional costs, such as lab fee or athletics fee)
Books (varies each semester depending on which courses on is taking)
Food (referred to as meal plans, which off-campus students can purchase)
Transportation (car, bus, parking permit)
Personal expenses (clothing, health expenses)
Another way expenses are differentiated depends on the type of student a person is which is billed by the Bursar's Office:
Undergraduate or graduate
Full-time versus part-time
On-campus tenant or commuter
In-state (Maryland resident) versus out-of-state
International (which requires mandatory health insurance)
Step 3: Understanding How to Fund Your Education - All
US Department of Education (USDE). The US Department of Education is a federal agency which offers various programs to help students pay for college through scholarships (free money) and loans (borrowed money that must be repaid). Find out more by watching USDE You Tube videos provided on the link above!