Our family's EFC is very low...and my parents will have two kids in college for all of my four undergrad years.
I got a $9500/year merit scholarship from UChi, and then our financial aid package covers everything else with state and federal grants and UChi grants--yes, that's correct: no work study or loans for me or my parents! All my parents and I are expected to contribute to is my book and transportation money!
I am so happy! I received a full merit scholarship (Chancellor's Scholarship) to the University of Pittsburgh, and I had thought that I would have to turn Chicago down for financial reasons. Thank God for the financial aid office! I have seen some complaints, but they were very very generous when they put together our package.
I really hope your son comes to Chicago! It's so wonderful!