Isn't College My Choice?SchoolIsn't College My Choice?<div class="ExternalClass49DAE4D292DD44D198FA8D67861AC41F"><p>​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">I'm a high school senior and about to go to college. It feels like it's about the adults, not me. My parents want me to go to the college that they prefer, not what I prefer. And whenever I want to talk to my parents about financial aid cost, they just don't want to discuss it with me.  </span></p></div><div class="ExternalClass2BCF3896C2FC42208C68940BF363D3C2"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">You are right.  Although this is supposed to be a very exciting time for you celebrating a big accomplishment, sometimes the expectations of other people come into play too, and it can be overwhelming.  YOU are the honoree here, but hopefully your parents guidance and your teachers expertise also played a part in getting you to the point at which you are at.  They are probably excited too.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">We do not know if your parents are limiting your college choices due to financial purposes or because they want you to study a certain field.  Every family is different.  For some the expectation does not even include a future in college.  For some college is fine, but all paperwork and all financial contributions have to come from the graduate.  For some parents will state an amount they can contribute, but the rest is on the graduate.  A lot of times where you go depends on the cost and the distance.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">If you do plan on attending college, it would be important to talk to them though.  Even if you are the one who plans to take out loans, your parents will need to fill out a FAFSA form, it will determine the amount of loans you are eligible for.  Maybe talk to your school academic counselor to see if she/he can help communicate this information to your parents.  We sure hope you have a number of options to choose from.  It's always good to "not fall in love" with just one school, because distance and cost will play a part in the decision.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Laura, Crisis Counselor</span></p></div>19

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