Financial aid is a way of life for most college students. Tuition can be very expensive, and many families just don’t have the money to help their children pay for college. The fact that obtaining college loans is commonplace doesn’t make it any less intimidating. You may be wondering if it’s a good idea to take out loans for your education. My view on the matter is that it really depends, and the decision should be weighed on individual factors. There’s no right answer for everyone.
Talk To Your Family
You’ll definitely need to get your family’s input on the subject. It’s likely that you have no idea what amount your parents can contribute to your education costs. So sit down and talk to them. Another reason to discuss things with your folks is that you’re required to provide their income information information when filling out applications for federal aid.
Consider the Options
You have such a wide variety of options for your college education. There are private schools, public schools, and community colleges. There are also trade schools. For the most part, private schools are priciest. What do you want to study? Do you really need to attend the top rated private school in order to attain your career goals? Do you have clearly defined career goals yet?
It’s okay if you don’t have a solid idea of your career goals yet – most college freshmen don’t! But it is a wise idea to take some personal inventory. Are you even sure you want to go to college? What kind of a student were you in high school? If your heart’s not really in it, you probably don’t want to jump into a ton of student loan debt. Remember, it will be your responsibility to re-pay any loans you receive.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t get loans or go to college, even if you weren’t a stellar student in high school. You may know in your heart that you want to further your education in some way in order to provide for your future. Perhaps you’ll want to start out at a community college, where the tuition is less expensive and you can develop some strong academic skills.
The Decision Is Yours
See, I told you there was no one right answer. There are many things to take into consideration when deciding whether to take out student loans. Be sure to look into your options and get as much information as you can in order to make an informed decision.
Christopher Penn from Student Loan Network just wrote this post especially for me on the pros and cons of student loans. You should definitely check it out! Thanks, Christopher.