The Crosby Scholars Program is dedicated to preparing you for college enrollment. You may wonder, though, what do you do once you are there? How can you be successful in college? How do you handle college life, a new environment, harder courses, and the entire change? Are you ready for a new level of independence?
Whether you are going away to college or staying local, the transition from high school to college is a very exciting time, but it can be a little intimidating and even overwhelming for some. We want to make sure that once you’ve achieved college enrollment, you’ll also achieve college graduation.
Some of the top reasons for why college students drop out of college include:
- Financial pressure
- Lack of academic preparedness
- Inability to handle the stress
- Poor work-study or life-study balance
- Mismatch with major
- Mismatch with the college
- Mental/emotional issues
- Health problems
- Atmosphere shock
- Social “misfit”
Knowing what some of the tops reasons for dropping out of college are, you can be more prepared as to how you’ll want to handle some of these issues if you happen to experience any of them.
The number one reason for why college students drop out is because of the financial pressure. Before you ever attend your chosen college, make sure you’ve worked out all of the financial details for how you will pay for the entire length of your program. If your program will take two years, do you have enough financial aid and/or scholarships to cover the entire two years? If your program is going to take four or more years, have you set a financial plan for that many years? Don’t find yourself in the difficult situation of not knowing year-to-year how you’ll pay for each year of college. Apply for any and all types of scholarships and financial aid you can find.
Once you’ve exhausted all of those resources, consider taking out a student loan to cover any remaining expenses not covered by financial aid and/or scholarships. Be cautious and wise! Educate yourself on student loans and only take out what you absolutely need. Do not take out anything extra even if it is offered to you. The more you take out now, the more you’ll have to pay back later. Check into student employment opportunities to help out with any other miscellaneous expenses you may have.
Here are some websites to help you with exploring financial options and making smart financial choices throughout college:
Note: You do not need to pay anyone to do a scholarship search for you. Scholarship information is available free on line. Contact Crosby Scholars if you need help!
U.S. Department of Education:
U.S. Department of Education: College Affordability and Transparency Center
Additional resources regarding college success strategies and college survival skills: