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The Top 10 Most Googled Questions About College and Their Answers

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If you are considering going to college, it is likely that you have a lot of questions. You are not alone. Here are the top 10 most Googled questions about college, along with their answers.

1. Is College Worth It?

In today’s economy, the benefits of college might seem unclear, which makes some ask, "Is college worth it?" However, a bachelor’s degree or graduate is required or preferred for a significant proportion of jobs that pay a living wage and higher. In addition, unemployment rates drop significantly for those with a college degree.

Here’s the thing, the answer to this question is personal. Not ever career requires a college degree, and with the cost of college it may not be worth it for you. There may be other types of higher education programs to help prepare you for your career, like technical certifications, licensure, or training.

And to add another level of depth to this question (sorry, there really isn’t a simple answer to this questions!), you want to evaluate the costs of multiple college options and compare it to your future earnings, especially if you need to borrow money to earn your degree. Is it work it to rack up $100,000 in student loan debt when you only expect to earn $40,000 per year in your chosen career field? It may seem worth it to earn your degree, but if you need to borrow money you want to make sure you only borrow a reasonable amount you can repay.

2. How Do I Pay for College?

Attending college is becoming increasingly expensive, leaving many to wonder how they will pay for it. Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships and grants, which do not have to be repaid, and loans, which do. Edvisors provides resources for how to obtain financial aid, including information on filing the FAFSA® and private student loan lenders.

Now let’s chat about scholarships. Scholarships are always a great way to come up with funds to help you pay for college. Now there are many scholarship providers out there, and chances are you are competing with others to win those scholarship funds. But it is worth it. We recommend you set up a weekly goal of how many scholarships you will apply to each week. You can also check out our unique ScholarshipPointsSM program which offers sweepstakes based scholarships.

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3. Do I Have to Take Out Loans to Pay for College?

No. You may be able to cover your college expenses with earnings, savings, grants and scholarships. But while it is possible to attend college without taking out student loans, many find that loans are necessary. But remember what we said earlier, if you need to borrow money be smart and only borrow an amount you can handle to repay. But look for other options first, like scholarships and grants, anything you can do to reduce the amount of that debt will benefit you significantly in the long run.

4. What is the Difference Between Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans?

The federal student loan Direct Stafford loan program has two types of loans: subsidized* and unsubsidized*. The key distinction between these loans, subsidized loans are need-based, and unsubsidized are not need-based.

A subsidized loan, the government will cover your accruing interest on the loan while you are in school, during your grace period, and other periods of authorized deferment. However, not everyone will qualify for a Direct Subsidized loan because your financial aid office will need to determine you have financial need to attend their institution.

Unsubsidized loans are not need-based and the accrued interest will be your responsibility as soon as loan is disbursed.

*We are only discussing the subsidized and unsubsidized loans offered under the federal student loan program. There could be other subsidized and unsubsidized loans offered to you which could have other terms and conditions.

5. Where Should I Go to College?

Cost can be a significant factor when deciding which college to attend. Financial factors aside, look for schools that offer academic and extra-curricular programs that interest you, in locations you find appealing. Use Edvisors' School Snapshot Tool to help you create your college list.

6. What Should I Major In?

After making the decision to go to college, you might ask "What should I major in?" Understanding the salary potential for the majors that interest you is important. However, if you choose a major solely based on earning potential, without consideration of your interests, the likelihood that you will not finish your college education increases.

If you’re not sure before you get started, that’s okay. Many school’s offer an option to enroll undecided, or will give you options to switch your major. Some students even choose to double major, add a minor, or a concentration. Of course you don’t want to waste time or money, but you can probably make changes if you absolutely need to (this may be the advice of someone who changed their major three times…).

7. Should I Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities in College?

It is well understood that extracurricular activities in high school give you an edge when applying for college. The same is often true once you are attending university. Extracurricular activities can help when applying to graduate schools or jobs, though this does not take precedence over strong academic performance.

There is more to the added line in your resume, these activities can also introduce you to more people which can expand your network. Increase your network can also help you with job opportunities later.

One thing you should know about extracurricular activities, some activities may come with additional costs. I joined the orchestra and had to either sell a certain amount of tickets to our concerts, or pay dues.

8. Is it Better to Go to a Small College or Large University?

Both small colleges and large universities have their benefits, and it really depends on individual preferences. Smaller schools often provide more individualized attention to students, while large universities offer greater diversity in people and activities.

This is another answer which relies on personal preference and its best that you choose an environment that works for your personality.

9. What Is Student Housing Like?

The cost and features of campus housing facilities varies widely. In most cases, you will be paired with a roommate. Campus dorms frequently have a cafeteria on the premises, as well as common areas. The costs of on-campus housing will likely be dependent on the location of your school.

Room and board is calculated into the cost of attendance, and many schools will create different a different cost of attendance based on your living situation— on-campus, off-campus, and living with family. Although the school will build in a cost, your actual costs can be significantly higher.

You may be wondering if there’s a way to reduce your cost. Well, if you’re living on-campus your school may have more than one option for housing—single, double, or triple-occupancy rooms. Although your living situation may not be ideal if you need to share a room with another person, it may be more cost effective. Another option would be to see if there are cost-effective options off-campus.

10. Should I Join a Sorority or Fraternity?

Many college students find numerous benefits to participating in Greek life. On larger campuses, they can make it easier to meet people and get involved in non-academic activities. These organizations also frequently set academic and service standards. The decision to join, however, is an individual choice as Greek life isn’t for everyone. Greek life organizations associated with your campus will have a “Rush Week” at the start of the school year. This is a time to get to know the different organizations on campus and your chance to ask questions!

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