In my last blog post I shared some of the benefits to considering out-of-state colleges. As someone who moved from Michigan to California to attend my dream school, I may lean more towards packing your bags and exploring a new state to call home. However, there are definite pros to staying in state that are important to consider when searching for your future college.
- There’s No Place Like Home: Of course the most obvious benefit to staying in your home state. Going to a college closer to home means you may be able to stay more connected with family & friends by visiting them on the weekends and attending birthday celebrations or other family events. If your family or friends have an emergency, it will likely be much easier to drop what you’re doing and go be with them. Or even if you’re just feeling under the weather, you can return to the comfort of your parent’s home and care.
- Financial Aid: Many students think that staying in state is always the cheaper option. If you read my last blog post, you’ll know that that’s not always true. But sometimes it can end up being cheaper. For public universities, the in-state tuition price is typically lower than out-of-state. There are also a handful of scholarship programs that offer scholarships to students who remain in state for college.
- Know the Area: Staying in state also means that you’ll have at least some sense of familiarity since you won’t be moving into an entirely new environment. It’s likely that you’ll have spent more time in the area surrounding your college, and if you move to the other side of the state, it’s not completely new territory. You’ll probably have a decent idea of what the weather, scenery, and even culture of the area is like. Of course, there are still differences between cities and regions within the same state.
- High School Friends: Going to a school in state, there’s a bit of a higher chance that you’ll see peers from your high school. Whether it’s your best friends or just acquaintances, that you could become closer with in the new context of college, the odds of running into people from your high school are slightly higher than if you go out of state.
- Part-Time Jobs: If you’re planning to have a part-time job during your time at college, whether to help pay for tuition or for extra spending money, you could potentially keep your part-time job over the summer. This of course depends on how close the college is to your home, but it could definitely be a benefit.
Of course, staying in-state or going out-of-state is only one of the many factors that you should consider when researching and selecting schools to apply to. And at the end of the day, the most important deciding factor in choosing which schools to apply to, and then which school you ultimately choose to attend, is based on if it’s a good fit for you academically, financially, and socially.
If you’re not sure where to start or how to narrow down the thousands of colleges out there, give us a call! We’d love to help you find your dream school!
Until Next Time,
Megan Bugarin, College Admissions Consultant