Today was the first time I’ve had a real talk with my mom
about college since September (my dad wasn’t home yet for most of the
discussion and honestly I’m glad because he only got in the way/exacerbated
Since I haven’t heard back from NYU—I wouldn’t be surprised
of the outcome for NYU no matter what happens (whether I get accepted or
not)—my mom and I compared VCU and BU after dinner today.
I was honestly amazed that she took so much time to consider
BU. She was actuallyconsidering it.
She didn’t shoot BU down like I thought she would. In the past—no matter where
I’ve gotten in, it didn’t matter to my mom because financially, there’s no way
we can afford anything but VCU.
We did a breakdown of finances for both schools.
For VCU, I’ve been offered roughly$18,000($9,000
in grant/scholarships, the rest are loans) which basically covers everything.
For BU, which is estimated to be a total (tuition, fees,
the 2012-2013 school year, I was offered $31,300 purely in grants, not to
mention work study as well as federal loans, totaling up to$41,000or
If you think about it—I’ve been offered half free forbothof
the schools (I’m talking in terms of money I don’t have to pay
Personally I am surprised that BU accepted me, much less
offered me half the total expenses.
I can’t dismiss the fact that going to VCU would cost me/my
parents significantly less. And VCU apparently has the #1 arts program across
the nation in terms of public schools.
But having to pay 30,000 per year, total, to go to Boston
University—that’s almost like a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Or that’s how it
feels to me. The whole thing costs roughly 60k and I’ve been offered at least
half for free. Out of all the schools I’ve applied to, BU has offered me the
most aid though it’s also been one of my most competitive/selective
Also, I feel like I would generally have access to more
opportunities if I were to attend BU. And I feel like Boston’s environment
suits me more.
But I haven’t actually visited, so I don’t know, I don’t
My dad has been unwilling to hear me out (he has his heart
set on sending me to VCU no matter what because it’scheaper), so I’ve
not discussed with him about BU.
I can’t tell what my mom is thinking, but I think it’s a good
sign that she spent almost an entire hour pouring over the financial
information for both schools.
She and my dad usually never take a second glance at any school ever since I
got into VCU.
But maybe, just maybe—I don’t know. (I'm afraid that my hopes might be up too high.)