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With many decisions coming out this week, some of us will be talking about the pros and cons of accepting a large NMF tuition scholarship to some good state schools rather than attending some elite schools that may (or may not) have sent the "big envelope." Whether they get into their dream school or not, how can we say to the kid who worked so hard for the big one "but what about the $$$$?" In my mind a full tuition academic scholarship to any school is a "big envelope full of cash," and there is no need to feel second best if you didn't get into your dream school. How can we communicate the full impact of such an award to our 17-18 year olds who have little concept of how much $100,000+ really is?