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which financial aid is increasing is even greater. This fact plays out to be more helpful to those families needing aid, making a private education more financially attainable for them. However, there is still one exception that may leave some families on edge. What if a private school’s financial aid package is just not enough and the final debt load will leave a student unable to reach a comfortable financial state for years after graduation? Perhaps a cheaper private route or even a public college will have to suffice. Remember Spies’s words about the individual, and how college choice is reliant on one’s preference. Upcoming college freshmen should have multiple applications in line to fight the set back of rejection or financial inability. If there is a rare ‘worst case’ scenario for a student and not enough aid is provided, another college should be waiting in line that will satisfy the student. Although these cases are rare due to the complexity and attentiveness of financial aid paper-work, it is noteworthy to address an alternate solution. Now all of the questions in the debate have been answered. For some students a private education’s framework entails a better opportunity to develop the student’s well-roundedness, and also to emphasize skills practiced in the liberal arts. Moreover, these students would be financially able to attend a private institution if their potential debt load could be met with their career-beginning salary. Ultimately, if the college decision process for families was based merely on finances, many private schools would become ghost towns. But in reality the college experience allows students to grasp an entirely new way of life. To some, yes, the private experience is the most fulfilling in this regard. Although it is commonly referred to being a four year investment, higher education is much more than a price tag. It is a four year involvement that develops character, interests, and connections that last a lifetime. This truth explains why it is imperative for families to treat the college search in very high regard. To conclude, George
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7 Washington University’s president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg phrases the process nicely: “Picking a college is like falling in love.” Audience: Prospective college families Purpose: To educate prospective college families on the differences (financial and academic) between public and public institutions which will aid them in the college decision process. Context: BBC News Article (Education Section)
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8 Works Cited Chao, Julie. “Hooked on Science: Berkeley Lab Prepares Students for Careers in Research.” Berkeley Lab News Center . N.p. 1 Aug. 2011. Web. 09 Nov. 2011. This source outlines a student’s research experience at a research university, and how the research developed career choices. It adds to the conversation of what a quality education is by offering a different viewpoint from the previous paragraph.
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