Where will Malia Obama go to college?
Where will Malia Obama go to college? President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Malia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington toward Marine One. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Where will Malia Obama go to college?
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Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple.
 
Do your research. Visit college campuses. Sit in on classes. Talk to professors, graduates and students. In the end, picking a college "is a very individual decision."
 
The first lady could just as well have been talking to her older daughter, Malia, who is expected to head off to college next fall with the Class of 2020.
 
The 17-year-old is among U.S. high school seniors who are nervously taking standardized tests, completing college admissions applications, filling out financial aid forms and writing personal essays - all on deadline. Then they get to spend a few months waiting to find out if they got into their dream school.
 
Malia has some advantages, though. What school would turn away a president's daughter?
 
She also doesn't have to worry about how to pay for her college education, unlike many of the students President Barack Obama and his wife regularly encourage to pursue post-high school education.
 
Malia has visited at least a dozen public and private schools, mostly on the East Coast. Among them are six of the eight Ivies and a few with Obama family ties.
 
Dad is a 1983 graduate of Columbia. Mom graduated from Princeton in 1985. Malia's cousin, Leslie Robinson, is a sophomore forward on Princeton's women's basketball team. The president and first lady earned their law degrees at Harvard.
 
The other stops on her college tour: the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford; New York University; the University of Pennsylvania; Barnard; Tufts; Brown; Yale and Wesleyan.
 
The bill for tuition (and fees, in some cases) alone at these universities costs between $40,000 and $50,000 for the current academic year. Tack on room and board, books, other fees and expenses and the total tab for Malia's undergraduate degree could top one-quarter of a million dollars for the four years.
 
It shouldn't surprise her parents, though. They've paid hefty tuition bills for the past seven years to send Malia, and her younger sister, Sasha, 14, to the exclusive Sidwell Friends School. Tuition at the private school in Washington is $37,750 per student this year.
 
The Obamas planned ahead for their daughters' college educations. Like millions of families, the Obamas have been investing money in "529" college savings plans (which are named after a section in federal tax law). The couple has four of the tax-free savings accounts, each valued at between $50,000 and $100,000, according to the president's financial disclosure forms.
 
Mrs. Obama has said Malia wants to be a filmmaker, and NYU has the respected Tisch School of the Arts, which counts directors Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee among its alumni.
 
Malia spent last summer in New York City interning on the set of HBO's "Girls," the comedy-drama starring Lena Dunham. She decamped to California in the summer of 2014 to work as a production assistant on "Extant," a CBS sci-fi drama featuring Halle Berry.
 
Mrs. Obama recently disclosed that Malia has also done several internships at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington.
 
Malia's travels across the U.S. and around the world with her parents could inform her personal essays. Malia (and her sister) have visited Europe, Africa and Asia. They've met two popes, Queen Elizabeth and American civil rights leaders during this year's 50th anniversary commemoration in Selma, Alabama.
 
President Obama was in Malia's room the day she started her senior year of high school and says she told him it was probably the last time he'll ever send her off for a first day of school.
 
"I had to look away. I didn't want to just be such a crybaby," he said in September in Michigan while pushing for free community college. "It makes no sense. Michelle and I are way too young to have daughters who are both almost in college now. So as a parent, I was a little freaked out."
 
Through her "Reach Higher" initiative, Mrs. Obama encourages students to attend college or technical school after high school. During a panel discussion in September at Howard County Community College near Baltimore, students sought her advice on everything from how to figure out which school is best for them to what tips she's giving her daughters.
 
"We are talking about this in my household every night, every night. And there's really no magic formula," the first lady said. "It is a very individual decision."

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Why isn't Malia worried about college costs?
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  • afrikab-ric
    12/07/2015 - 02:59 p.m.

    The college that I want to go to is the University of Southern Indiana. I plan on student aid and some of my mom's money on the side to pay for college. I want to go to that college because they have a majorette dance team. I want to be a professional majorette dancer when I grow up.

    • crystala-ric
      12/08/2015 - 04:20 p.m.

      great you can do it just work for it and meet your goal in life

  • jatzerem-ric
    12/07/2015 - 03:01 p.m.

    Malia Isn't worried about her college costs because she takes advanced classes which means that she already knows what she needs to know and she has a scholarship so yeah and also Malia's undergraduate degree could top one-quarter of a million dollars for the four years of her college years.

  • stephaniem1-ric
    12/07/2015 - 03:02 p.m.

    Malila isn't worried about college coast because she is the daughter of the president. Her dad works with the environment they can always buy her the stuff she need. For example the college she wants go into her father might be working with that college. Her father can buy her the uniform, books, pens, or anything she might need for her classes.

  • jonathanm1-ric
    12/07/2015 - 03:03 p.m.

    Malia does not have to worry about the costs of college because obviously her dad is the president. Also, in Paragraph 6 it says,"She also doesn't have to worry about how to pay for her college education, unlike many of the students President Barack Obama and his wife regularly encourage to pursue post-high school education." Plus he can pay any tuition it costs to put Malia in the a school since he has the money. And they have a "529" college savings plan so I would think that they would not be worried about the cost of college.

  • micaht-ric
    12/07/2015 - 03:04 p.m.

    The college I would like to go to is Spelman University. To pay for funds I could use my scholarships. I can get my scholarships from all the sports and activities i am in like track and cheer. I would also like to get good grades in school so it can be a little easier to get into Spelman.

  • sydneyb1-ric
    12/07/2015 - 03:04 p.m.

    Malia isn't worried about college costs because her parents have college funds. Plus, she's the presidents daughter. Malia doesn't have to worry about a lot of costs because of that. Barack and Michelle have payed hefty tuitions and costs in the past.

  • kristinaj-ric
    12/07/2015 - 03:11 p.m.

    Malia is worried about college costs because after all she is the president's daughter.In paragraph six it says "She also doesn't have to worry how to pay for her college education, unlike many of the student's President Barack Obama and his wife regularly encourage to pursue post-high school education.". Also in the article i states that Malia goes to a school that costs $37,750 a year which proves that the Obamas will have no problem paying for her college education. Also who would turn down the president's daughter...

  • mcshunw-ric
    12/07/2015 - 03:14 p.m.

    Malia is not worried about college cost because her parents have been saving. Also because her father is the president and her mother is the first lady. So they will get money regardless if they save or not. That is why she is not worried about college costs. They also have a second daughter that will be going to college in a few years to. So soon they will have to worry about the second daughter.

  • jennab-ric
    12/07/2015 - 03:14 p.m.

    My dream collage is Tennessee University. I plan to pay for it hopefully by a volleyball scholarship. Another way I can pay for it is by my savings account because my great grandparents always write checks for us to put into are savings accounts. Also I will save some money because we will be moving to Tennessee in 1 year so they wont have to pay for housing because the university is in Knoxville and that is were we are going to be.

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