My daughter is struggling with where she wants to go to school. She is a senior and she wants to get her AOS in Baking & Pastry and would like to become an instructor at a school. We have received her financial award letters and after helping her as much as we can here is what we are left with:
NECI: Will owe $30,000 for degree
CIA: Will owe $45,000 for degree
WMCC: Will owe less than 2,000 for degree
She REALLY doesn't want to go to community college, which I understand, but not being in debt would be amazing. NECI was her 1st choice until 2 of her friends chose CIA and her high school Chef Instructor keeps telling her that CIA is a much better program. I personally like NECI because of the location (not too far from home, small town) and I think the program better suits her, BUT is it worth being in debt $30,000???? Seems like a lot of money...how will she ever pay it back. I am thinking the community college seems like a no brainer, BUT she hates it...the program is equal to what she is already doing now as her high school has a very advanced program. Her friends are very negative about the community college and tell her it's a waste of time. I really want to help her decide, and am trying not to pressure her. I just would like to offer her the best advice possible!!!!!!!!