Nata, first congratulations on being accepted to several colleges. First, I would create a spreadsheet. Determine what the estimates of each school including room & board, books, etc. will cost. I would also add gas money and/or airfare to and from these schools when you think you will come home for the Holidays. Then subtract any current financial aid that you have received to see what the lowest cost is. Although you like all the colleges you have been accepted to, make sure you really like the town/city the college is in and the campus.
As for additional financial aid, I would look into scholarships. I have seen many post about Cappex, Niche, ScholarshipZone, Scholarships and StudentScholarships, however another site that I found when helping another student was Scholarships360. This website shows the amount, due date, etc. and other information.
Another option and it's up to you is a community college to get your Associate's Degree and all prerequisites out of the way, which would be cheaper. Perhaps stay at home and save some money, as well. However, you may have to reach out to the colleges to see if you can defer your acceptance if you go that route. They may ask you to reapply and get accepted again, but you don't know if you don't ask. You will also need to ensure those courses you take at the Comm. College can be transferred to your 'major' College.
Charles recommends the following next steps:
- Create a financial spreadsheet to see which of your Favorite Colleges will be the least expensive, including any traveling home.
- Apply for additional scholarships. There are still many that you can apply for this month.
- Look into a possible defer of acceptance and look into a community college. Also ensuring Comm. College credits can be transferred.