cdmole, It definitely is not easy financially to get kids through college. Give yourself a big round of applause for getting FOUR kids through the process!
Financially, Marist fit our budget. With a relatively speaking starting price for a private school and a very good merit scholarship (renewable $12,000/yr), Marist moved up on the college list for us. He was accepted into much higher ranked schools, but even with their offers of merit scholarship, their bottom line costs were outrageous
Good luck to your son. Make sure he starts earning those priority points starting the fall semester. I recommend putting money into his Marist money account so he can use it for food somewhere other than the cafeteria (which has terrible food). Son said there's a pizza place nearby that makes an awesome Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza and they accept Marist money as payment.
I think the new tunnel under Route 9 will be completed before the students show up to campus. This will make crossing Route 9 much safer for them.