Your college major will determine much of your future decisions. The classes you take in college can shape your perspective and approach to a variety of situations. The people you meet in your classes can shape your social world, and all experiences combined can and will determine your career prospects. Your intended area of study plays an important, large role in the financial aid available to you.
There are a number of state and federal grant and loan forgiveness programs targeted at specific college majors. The most common areas of study for such programs are education, healthcare, and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Students pursuing degrees in these areas may find substantial financial aid opportunities to offset the costs of their education. Engineering and computer science have some of the highest-paying jobs and best job prospects, adding further incentive for students to pursue these very challenging majors. However, if your passion doesn’t lie in education, healthcare, or science and technology, there are still ample reasons to pursue your chosen major, as well as sources of college funding to assist you. Students in any number of majors will find a variety of scholarship opportunities that play to their academic strengths and the knowledge and abilities they gain while pursuing their area of study.