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New York City has a new web portal for teens. Click on www.nyc.gov/teen to find information, resources, and help.


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Featured Story

How Am I Supposed to Pay for College?
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How Am I Supposed to Pay for College?

They tell you that going to college should be the only thing on your mind. They tell you that not going to college is the worst thing in the world. But as I head into 11th grade, I have no idea about how to choose, get into, and especially, how to pay for college. My family is financially unstable, and I don’t live with my parents. I don’t know how you find out about scholarships, or even how to choose a college.

I did a bit of online research in the beginning of the summer and got interested in Stanford, a private college in California. But when I told my friend about Stanford, she nearly laughed in my face. With more research I realized why.

Stanford wasn’t a realistic idea, it was a dream school. One year of tuition, room and board, and other expenses at Stanford costs $60,749, according to Stanford.edu. Where was I going to get a quarter million dollars to pay for all four years? It’s very competitive, too: How did people even get into this school? How did people get into any college at all? Then I found the help I needed: The Options Center.

The Options Center, a program of the nonprofit organization Goddard Riverside, helps New York City teens navigate the college process. Among other things, Options offers free college counseling and workshops for high school juniors.

A representative from Options, Yana Geyfman, sat down and talked to a group of writers from Represent and our sister magazine YCteen about the college admissions process. I also did some other research on the finances of college. Here’s what I found out:

Types Of Colleges

Colleges generally are just for undergraduates. Universities offer graduate degrees like master’s degrees and doctorates. Sometimes they have several colleges within them.

The College Board’s Big Future website has very good information:bigfuture.collegeboard.org/find-colleges/college-101/types-of-colleges-the-basics.

From that site I learned that public colleges get state and federal government money and have lower tuition, especially for in-state students. Private colleges raise their money from tuition and donations. Public college seems like the better deal if you don’t have much money, but if you love a particular private school, check out what kind of scholarship money you could get.

For-profit schools, also known as proprietary schools, are operated by private, profit-seeking businesses. . .

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