Bronx Seniors Bracing for Steep Cost of College

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 04:00 AM

College-Bound Michael Miranda is taking on large student loans in order to attend his first choice school, SUNY-Albany. (Matt Collette)

Michael Miranda, a senior at Dewitt Clinton High School, has long seen going to college outside of New York City as his ticket to a brighter future. And this spring he was accepted to his top choice, SUNY-Albany. This happy story has a catch, though, because the cost of college may be too steep for Michael and his family to manage. 

Even with financial aid, Michael is on the hook for about $12,000 in loans a year. The burden may make it a one-year escape before Michael returns to the city for a less expensive option at Baruch College.

"And if unfortunately I cannot afford to pay after that, I could just come back to the city,” Michael said. “It’s a risk. Life is about taking risks, so why not take a risk for my education?”

Figuring out how to pay for college is a common problem for her students, said Dewitt Clinton guidance counselor Leslie Lambertson.

“We have kids who worked hard all four years and they did not receive the financial packages they were hoping,” she said.

English teacher Ann Neary said most of her students are scrambling to figure out how they’ll pay for school next year.

“I think everybody’s a big mess,” Neary said. “They’re really scattered and nervous and can’t make decisions - and don’t have all the information they need.”


Comments [4]

Benita from UWS

Please put me in touch with Matt Collette re this story, or give him my email address.
Thank you.

May. 28 2014 09:22 AM
Cropsey Ave Resident from Bronx

Another story about student debt focusing on Dewitt Clinton:,54225?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=lambertson&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=&town_id=

May. 27 2014 07:59 PM

How about FIRST attending an affordable local school, AND THEN, transferring for the last two years to a more expensive school... the first few years, SAVE money to use during the last few... This is a very ugly situation, and the dropout rate is very high... There is a difference between taking risks and being foolish.

May. 27 2014 04:54 PM
DWC Deserves Beter from Bronx, NY

Your story made one major mistake. DeWitt Clinton IS facing budget cuts because of reduced enrollment. However, Do NOT let Principal Santiago Tavarez off so easily. He made a conscious decision to CUT COLLEGE ADVISORS. Why would he do this? This is DWC's strongest area, college readiness. The college advisors were a big reason why! Maybe WNYC should do a story on how "Santi" is destroying the school.

May. 27 2014 08:18 AM

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