Emory vs. Auburn

Emory vs. Auburn

By Emma

It's decision time for high school seniors, and many Sparklers are struggling to figure out if it's worth paying big money to attend their dream schools.

Hi, I really need some college advice and I'm hoping you can give me some help in any way! Here's the thing: I just got accepted into my dream school, Emory. I honestly didn't think I would, so I planned on going to my not-so-dream school (but with quite the good education), Auburn, for more than half the price (and with scholarship!) But now being accepted to my dream school, I'm just drooling over the prospect of going there and having one of my life dreams fulfilled. Then I take a look at the price and I'm plummeting down to earth. In four years, the total cost will be over $250,000. I didn't receive a scholarship, nor did I receive generous financial aid so I have no idea what I could do after college.

Of course, there are student loans, but with the career I'm planning to go into I won't make enough money to pay it off in time, most likely. I don't want to rely on my parents to pay my debts and I certainly don't want to end up in the poor house. So should I forget about my dream school and the awesome career plan I wanted to pursue at Emory? Because that's a lot of money just for an undergraduate degree. The deadline for acceptance is coming up quick and I have no idea if I should accept. Should I pay the price for my dream or just settle?

What do you say, Sparklers? Emory or Auburn?

Topics: financial aid, college admissions

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