metro_mantic (metro_mantic) wrote in boston_college,

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Hey everyone. I got accepted to BC early action, and unfortunately I am clueless when it comes to applying for financial aid. Our counseling department isn't much help with that either. So I'm in a bit of a tough situation. I missed one of the major deadlines, and I know that we probably won't get any money through FAFSA. The only way I'll be able to go to BC is if I can find a way to get a TON of outside scholarship money, student loans, or if I do the nrotc program. I'm really curious as to whether or not I'll be able to manage any of the above. I don't want to do the rotc program, and I know that if I take out loans I'll be paying them off for the rest of my life. What I'm wondering is if any of you had any success applying for outside scholarships. Is it worth the time and effort? I've been researching a bit and I realize that it is pretty much like applying to college all over again. It's a big deal. But I could use the money. I've been wanted to go to BC for as long as I can remember, and if I don't find a way to get some help then I don't know how I'm going to convince my parents that it is worth going anymore.  Any advice is very much appreciated!
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Ok so I joined this group last year when I got accepted to BC, and since I don't go there, I'm not sure why I'm still in this group (I kind of forgot about it since it's not very active) but I read your post and I was in your place last year, so I figure if you want some advice from a non-BC student I can provide some haha.

Anyway, like you I wanted to go to BC since like childhood and I was ecstatic when I got in, but I got no money from FAFSA and consequently, none from BC either. And outside scholarships just didn't really add up (a thousand dollars here, 500 dollars there didn't really amount to much in comparison to BC's 40k a year tuition). You may want to consider student loans, I have a friend at BC who is taking that route. But honestly, it wasn't for me since I plan on going to med school which is a HUGE expense, and I don't want to be in debt my whole life. My advice is that there are ways to make it work. There are so many people (like my friend) who go to expensive schools and make it work, but as for me, University of South Carolina gave me an almost full scholarship so I'm there and I couldn't be happier.

Basically, there are a lot of ways you can pay, i.e. outsie scholarships, loans, etc., but definitely keep your options open. Just because BC wasn't the right choice for me doesn't mean it won't be for you. Good luck !