Planning for college is equal parts exciting and stressful.
However, if you want to go out of your home state for your education, you can turn both of those feelings up to 11 because there is a big difference between staying close to home and going farther away.
That’s why we’ve made a list of what to know if you plan to go to college out-of-state. That way, you can prepare for the best and worst aspects of it.
Significantly Increased Tuition
Let’s get the nasty one out of the way first. Your college loans are much higher than those of people who stayed in-state. Since your parents didn’t contribute any tax dollars to the school while you were growing up, pretty much every college significantly increases their tuition prices to anybody who comes from a different state.
While that’s an understandable reason, you still need to take notice of how wide the gap is between what in-state and out-of-state people pay. Sometimes, people from out-of-state pay over double what everyone else does, and honestly, that’s overkill. So, make sure you’re not getting ripped off by the place you’re about to call home for the next four years.
The Feeling of Independence or Isolation
This next point will depend on you for how it will go. The further you move away from home, the more disconnected you will feel from everyone you left behind. This can either lead to an immense feeling of independence or a massive amount of isolation.
That’s why you need to analyze yourself to see how you handle being on your own. If you do well by yourself, this is a good move for you. On the other hand, if you need people who know you around, a far move like that might cripple you mentally.
Moving Is More Difficult
Moving in-state is easy: throw the few things you have in a car and make multiple trips until it’s all there. However, if you’re moving far away, you’ll need to rent a moving truck and do it all in one go. Also, you will have to do without anything you forgot until you make another trip home. Despite that, long moves like this aren’t too bad as long as you prepare ahead of time. Doing so will result in a more fluid transition to your new home.
Grants a Higher Amount of Choice
The final thing to know if you plan to go to college out-of-state is that opening yourself up to other states also opens up your choices for possible careers. A nearby school may offer the major you want to get into, but if you go to the college across the border, you can get an education with one of the top schools in the country for that major.
This will not only help you learn more about the subject than you would have at the nearby school, but it will also look better on your resume once you start applying for jobs and internships. Sometimes, taking a chance like this can pay off in the long run.
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