Right now, it is college decision time and it seems like the pressure is starting to get to some seniors. A friend of mine is having a tough decision…

Right now, it is college decision time and it seems like the pressure is starting to get to some seniors. A friend of mine is having a tough decision between two colleges. On one hand, she can go to one college free of charge because her father teaches there, or she can go to her very expensive dream college. She has yet to receive her financial aid packet from her dream college, but predicts having to pay $30,000 for the first year. Now if she waits to see exactly how much money the college will give her she could risk not responding to the other college by their deadline, and end up having the decision made for her. She’s desperate for any advice and is asking just about everyone she knows for help. My advice for her was to go to the college she truly wanted, and not let the cost be the only thing stopping her. She considered this, but it seems like the daunting cost and ultimate student debt is making it a little more complicated than that. Most people are familiar with student debt, but are $30,000 per year too much to ask for? Should such a hefty tuition cost deter someone from going to his or her dream college?   – Ruben

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