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  • Re: How to Get Through Applications Without Screwing Up Parent-Child Relationship?

    So are you saying that kids are applying to more schools because of the rising cost of schools and the schools not being transparent about what need based aid and merit aid might be available or offered? Or that you have to apply to get an idea of what amount of aid might be offered? Sorry if I'm being obtuse.

    Some people may apply to more schools because they are seeking scholarships, where there is little transparency (other than automatic-for-stats ones).

    While net price calculators have made financial aid more transparent for many people with respect to many colleges, some people with less common financial situations may still find need-based financial aid not to be transparent, so they may apply to more schools hoping for better need-based financial aid. It is still more stressful for some than when prices were lower, and more people knew that the list price was affordable.
  • Re: How to Get Through Applications Without Screwing Up Parent-Child Relationship?

    I mean, really, does the average kid need to go visit 5-10 schools? Was this really a thing 20 years ago? Does a kid need to apply to 10 (or more) schools?

    It is probably mostly a thing, then and now, for college-bound students not satisfied with the common destinations of the local community college, a nearby state university, or (for better students) the state flagship. Such students and parents of such students are presumably overrepresented on these forums compared to the general population.

    But higher list prices (including in-state public list prices) may be increasing stress levels, since they put more students and parents in the position of needing financial aid and/or scholarships to afford colleges. Most information that can help determine reach/match/safety pertains to admissions; competitive merit scholarships are much less transparent in this respect. Need-based financial aid before net price calculators was also much less transparent; even with net price calculators, some colleges use less accurate ones that give worse estimates and/or cover fewer possible situations.
  • Re: How to Get Through Applications Without Screwing Up Parent-Child Relationship?

    TiggerDad wrote:
    Clearly spell out what the consequences are by not meeting the deadlines,

    If no affordable safety has been selected and applied to, just mention that the default safety is starting at the nearby community college and leave it at that.
  • Re: How to Get Through Applications Without Screwing Up Parent-Child Relationship?

    Have you clearly told him what the cost constraints are?

    Is there an affordable safety suitable for his academic interests on the list?

    If the answer to both is yes, then it seems like you are making stress where there need not be.
  • Re: Privates vs Publics for Pre-Med??

    For premeds, cost is a big concern so that you can avoid debt and save money for medical school.

    Publics usually only make sense in your state of residency or if you get large scholarships. Privates also are best considered with net price after FA and scholarships.