You didn’t get into the public college you wanted to…

Letters from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and NC State have started to go out. Many students didn’t get the results they were hoping for.

What’s next? All is not lost if this is where you want to go!

  1. There are many public colleges in North Carolina and some of their deadlines have not passed yet. Some are on February 1 and March 1.
  2. Understanding why the public schools are so competitive is important. People perceive the cost is lower and that equals more people applying. However, after merit aid and financial aid, it might not be that much more than public schools. For the most part, the only price difference in tuition. Room and Board are usually very similar in cost. Smaller private schools know they have to compete with public schools. They want you to come to their school. They will often make it worth your time to apply and check them out with offering merit aid. Most of their applications fees are less than the public schools and some are even free.
  3. Community College – going to community college and then a public school is an excellent way to save money. As a transfer student, most colleges are not offering much merit aid (both private and public). Most public schools are not offering much merit aid to either incoming freshmen or transfer students. So, if you have your heart set on going to NC State or UNC-Chapel Hill consider taking two years to go to community college and transfer.

Here a recent article about community colleges and UNC-Chapel Hill.

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