Congratulations on being accepted to your first choice of a college. Unfortunately finances always come into play. You can get student loans that you'll start paying once you graduate. I'm not sure what the starting salary for a Criminology Major (depending on what you do professionally) makes, but you'll also have rent, car, insurance, utilities, food, etc to pay for as well. So you don't want to get into too much debt coming out of college. With that said, perhaps you could look at other good Criminology Major schools to see if their costs are considerably lower, but still ranked high.
I would also hit any and all scholarship sites and apply for any and all to help pay for school. You could look into Cappex and Niche. Other sites that I have heard students use is ScholarshipZone, Scholarships and StudentScholarships. Another easy to use Scholarship site that has the amount, due date, etc. and easy to find is Scholarships360.
You will also need at least one stellar essay to copy & paste or turn in when submitting for these scholarships. I would suggest spending some time on a possible daily basis applying for any and all that you qualify for. There are so many scholarships that don't get applied for. Plus don't doubt your self worth - if you don't apply, you definitely will not get it.
One last thing that I heard from my coworker is that his daughter's school, through her counselor, was able to get a list of scholarships she would qualify for. Some kind of program her high school counselor had access to so she could give her a print out or send electronically all the scholarships she would qualify for, but was up to her to reach out and actually apply for the scholarships. Good Luck!
Charles recommends the following next steps:
- Look for other colleges that are ranked high in Criminology but have a lower cost
- Apply for as many scholarships as possible