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If I’m sure that I am going to attend a community college because there is no way I can afford a University without scholarships covering most or all of my tuition, should I still apply to universities incase I am lucky enough to receive scholarships that will cover all of my tuition? Or is it best to only apply to a community college?

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Lisa’s Answer

I agree with the above. I'm from NY so it's a bit different but some of the private colleges may end up being comparable to the State or Community Colleges as they have more money to give out in endowments/scholarships/grants. You should definitely see what all schools offer you before making a decision. Best of luck!
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Alina’s Answer

Yes, you should still apply to a few universities in case you do receive scholarships. I also applied to a few local volunteer based scholarships (Key Club, Rotary club) when because I did not have much funding from my family so that’s another option to consider. One of the universities I applied to in Florida (FGCU) did provide a little funding (a few thousand dollars) but it ultimately that alone was not enough to make a huge difference in which school I picked. The biggest factor at this point is whether you will have enough time to apply to all these schools. I would pick a few local universities that you are fairly sure you will get into (having above average GPA /SAT for that school) and those are more likely than higher reputation universities to provide you some funding.

Alina recommends the following next steps:

Apply to a few local universities
Apply to a few local / volunteer scholarships
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EmilyAnn’s Answer

Yes !! Look into what schools actually offer scholarships (some don't, or only do under very specific criteria) and definitely apply to ones where you would be eligible for a scholarship. You might be able to get most or all of your tuition paid for! It may even help to talk to some admissions counselors and express that you can only afford the school if you get some type of scholarship. If they really want you, they may be more willing to give you some money rather than risk losing you as a student altogether.

If it doesn't work out, a community college is a great choice as well! I would especially recommend looking into your state college as the tuition is much more affordable but it will be a 4-year school, if you prefer that over having to transfer. Either way, you really can't lose.
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Simeon’s Answer

Yes! Definitely apply to the colleges you want to go to and see if you can land the big scholarships. It'd give you a much better idea of what your options are. You can also do the mixed approach where you do two years at community college and finish up with two years at a university you want to go to.
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Rita’s Answer

You can not lose anything if you apply to universities at the same time you are attending a community college. Actually, it is a great way to cut down your cost of obtaining a bachelors degree by attending a more affordable community college for your first two years of your undergraduate degree. Most universities offer scholarships to high performing students who cannot other wise afford college. Also check into first generation assistance too.
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Serge V.’s Answer

Gabriela,


You should still apply to universities even though you may not attend. If you are accepted and can't afford it, you can alway go the following semester and try to speak to financial aid to figure something out to help you pay for school. I hope this helps you out.. Keep me posted.

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Lisa’s Answer

I agree with the above. I'm from NY so it's a bit different but some of the private colleges may end up being comparable to the State or Community Colleges as they have more money to give out in endowments/scholarships/grants. You should definitely see what all schools offer you before making a decision. Best of luck!
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