It is probably time for you to compare your financial aid offers. How do you know you are comparing apples to apples? What do you do when the school you REALLY want has not responded with an offer? Today’s episode is a review of a recent article in USA TODAY about sticker price shock and how to effectively compare financial aid offers.
In this episode, we present another parents/student scholarship success story. We want to introduce Brianna J., daughter of Aretha and Kevin. She is currently a freshman at Hampton University in Virginia. She and her mother talk in depth about the college search process, extracurricular activities, applying for local scholarship, sports (volleyball), HBCU and her entire journey.
I try to describe it for you but you must attend one local to you atlas 2-3 times between sophomore and senior year of high school. The first time attending a college fair with a sophomore (or younger) is just to get them used to the concept. The second time you attend with your child should be between 10th and 11th grade. They most likely have more of a focus or an idea of what they want to major in. If they are interested in sports, they will be attracted to those schools and teams that they have heard and/or seen on TV. By senior year, they will be laser focused when attending and only visit the top 5-10 schools of their choice and spending more quality time with the admissions person to show their genuine interest.
There is a lot of literature, brochures, cool stuff that they give away. The schools that caught our interest were:
University of Delaware with Charlie and our college tour guide, courtesy of a Soror from Chi Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
College Street Sign: Lovett Ave – University of Delaware
In this episode, we provide our review of the University of Delaware. This was our second college visit and we compare and contrast this institution with the previous one. This was their Discovery Day and it was well attended. We went on a campus tour. Our lovely tourguide was a student who happen to be a Soror of mine from Chi Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
In the caption of the photo above with myself and Charlie, notice the street sign – Lovett Ave. Hmmm………. that might be a good sign that this street has my families last name. COINCIDENCE??? Tell me your thoughts below, leave us a comment.
The College Money Maze gang went to our first college visit, HBCU Cheyney University and we discuss our experiences from different perspectives: being a minority, having attended and graduated from a larger university and looking at the college student experience.
Our first college visit, HBCU Cheyney University
Cheyney is located in Cheyney, PA and situated in a rural setting. You could pass the entrance on this dirt road and never know it. The signage from the main road is not very large or apparent. Using your GPS might also get you lost.
The University has a lot to offer first year students. The tour guide walked us around the campus and showed us the residence halls, the computer lab, the student center, the arts center the place on campus where the Divine Nine (Black Greek Fraternities and Sororities) call their hangout.
The Keystone Honor Programs is a highlight of the school and if you are one of the recipients of the scholarships, you have perks that go along with it such as first choice of housing and free tuition.
Cheyney University is one of the more affordable schools in the region with Tuition for in-state students full time at about $5,000 per semester. Out-of-state students would pay on average $7,500 per semester. You should also plan for an additional $6,000 for room/board/meal plan. If you are interested in their financial aid application or general information, go to the website and contact the financial aid office.