@debthereb I almost suggested sleeping bag. I have two Eagle Scouts myself and the third in his way. The middle guy is a typical boy. He would be mortified to have anything different. I might even skip the flat sheet if it is a loft unless he's actually going to make the bed. The flat sheet usually ends up mashed at the bottom of the bed or falling off.
@AroundHere I'm usually super cautious but this is my reasoning.
@KDhomie Is not a robot girl. The sorority can provide a sense of community and family with your sisters and house mom. I think that is something the she could use. Additionally, it sounded like she was in the arts field. Being part of a social network for an arts field (film?) especially in the South where sororities tend to have more importance, could be excellent for networking.
The finance part. It sounds that has been sorted in a payment plan way. She just received a raise. She'll get $1000 more in federal aid the next two years. There is always seasonal holiday weekend work for extra cash. Or a weekend or night time work with a second job in the summer.
Her dad is on a financial uptick and insists on her attending college. So I would not absolutely rule out aid from him if push came to shove and she had to leave school for a year as the only other option (and step mom sounds nice) The smartest way for him to help her is through employment. It works out better financially for him. We do that with our kids. And if he lost his parent at the same age, he's probably more hard core about independence. My H lost his dad at the same age and was on his own. I've seen that before. Worst case scenario. She has to leave for a semester. Work all the hours that God gives her and resume. It's tight but not impossible.
Regarding scholarships, sure she may not receive and can't count on that but it could give her some breathing room. When my S was little he saw a For Kids contest on TV. All you had to do was sign up on-line. I grudgingly did so telling him that no one ever wins these things. So of course he wins it. $500 worth of cool stuff including a PSP that he still plays 15 years later. Sometimes you just have to try but have a Plan A, B and C.