As we prepare to send Eldest off to the start of his college career, we are learning some new strategies towards paying for college. Our local alumni association had a fantastic send off party where incoming freshmen and their families got to ask questions and receive recommendations from existing students and graduates. Wow, what an education.Two major pieces of information may only be applicable to the school Eldest is headed off to, paying out of state tuition rates at Georgia Tech. I don't know how much of this will be school dependent, and of course things can change, but sometimes it simply helps to know to ask certain questions.GTech is a great value for in state students, almost twice the cost for out of state. And of course, getting financial aid at a state college when you are not a resident is near impossible. Much to our surprise, if you study at one of their overseas campuses you pay in state tuition no matter where you come from. That is a significant savings.It is also a school that encourages coops and internships, which for Eldest's program at least tend to be very well paid, and of course bring fantastic resume material and exposure to potential future employers. I was happy to learn that there are almost no fees incurred when employed this way, unless the student is staying in the dorms in Atlanta or continuing to take classes. We will happily let him do as many internships as he wants/can do, particularly since he is pretty young and the delay will most likely be more beneficial than not in getting decent employment. It will also ensure that his brother is in school at the same time for some of the period we have to pay for Eldest, which makes it more likely we will get some financial aid.So this may or may not help, but it at least gives you a couple of questions to ask.IP,a bit insane getting all our ducks in a row for the big move in
Just FYI,Georgia Tech also has a much smaller little known campus in Savannah if living in the large school environment in downtown Atlanta is too intense for him after a while.http://savannah.gatech.edu/ The last I heard it was just for upper class students in certain popular degree programs and it gets a lot of transfer students from other Georgia colleges, but the degree is still a Georgia Tech degree. If he will be getting a Georgia Driver's license then be sure to check out the ID requirements. They just really tightened it down and one of the things you have to have is your social security card which many people have misplaced over the years.
If he will be getting a Georgia Driver's license...Why would he do this? He will still be a resident of PA.Thanks for the tip about Savannah. I will keep it tucked away in the back of my mind, but I have little fear of his not liking the school. He spent 5 weeks living at Drexel U in Philly last summer and absolutely loved it. Was his number two pick. GT's campus is fabulous in comparison.I'm probably the one with the problem. Going to miss him big time.IP
If he has a car the car registration and insurance might be less expensive since that can vary so much. To register the car you might also have to get the driver's license there.
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