Picking the perfect college with your child is an overwhelming task. Not only do you have to choose a school you like in a location that works with the degree your child wants, but it has to fit your budget. So here we are with the 17 yr old, making long-term decisions for a child that is hell-bent on becoming a Cardiologist. He is a good kid, in fact, he is a great kid. And if any of my kids has the determination to become a doctor combined with the follow through, it’s this one. But we also have a long family history of military service in our family, and he is pretty sure he can combine the two and come out with his doctorate debt free.
Most of the services have programs for this, and they are very similar, but the devil is in the details. And this is becoming more and more apparent as we spend more time talking to each branch. In fact, it has become so overwhelming I am approaching this the same way I approached choosing an adoption agency. I spreadsheet full of questions with a column for each branch. The pros and cons for each are pretty amazing.
Each branch has a list of schools for his bachelors degree. The US Army has more colleges to choose from, yes, it includes the University of Miami, but not as much money. The Navy seems to pay for more education and is more aware of the daily lives of each student in their program. The Air Force also has University of Miami on their list (never guess which school mom is dreaming of), but rumors are it is a very long wait to get into their programs.
Cross your fingers as we get started on this crazy journey. It’s going to be interesting!