Lady Lennia Chelsea: Keep the Economy in Mind While Picking Colleges
In a previous blog I touched base on whether graduate school is a smart idea taken the downfall of our economy. I established that it really is based on the person more so than the whole action. If you decided that you can swing graduate school at this time in your life then I am here to talk about some things to think about when applying for graduate colleges. The first smart idea is if you have chosen a graduate school that is close by a relative, then not paying rent or utilities saves you a great deal of money. Now-a-days more college graduates are going back home to mom and dad and putting themselves through school or getting a job because it is economically smart.
If you do not have the privileges to shack up with your parents, then really looking into the cost of living in the area where the graduate school is located. When I graduated I moved to Norwalk with my boyfriend which is a 45-60 minute drive from Kent. At first glance you know this is not smart at all. Well, it was smart for us to move in together to save money.
So when I put it all together I can still work and attend school and I break even pretty much. I chose Kent because I enjoy the curriculum and it is not too expensive. But if you are on a budget and you are not too picky on your graduate schools or you are between a couple then I would urge you to look up the cost of living in those areas to see how much you will be spending while in that town. You can type into Google “cost of living” and there a website from CNN money, Bankrate or Payscale and you can compare two cities based on your income if you have any.
Your Lady Lennia,