Tips on finding an ideal price range for colleges when parents won't help?
High school senior here. I've tried asking my parents about what price I can reasonably apply to and pay for, but they aren't being helpful at all. Here's how the conversation mostly went:
Them--"Make sure you get good grades! You need to get scholarships. We actually don't have any savings at all right now."
Me--"Did you just say we have no savings? What if our house floods or something?"
Me--"So approximately what's the cap I can put on college tuition?"
Them--*shrugs* "You don't have to worry about that if you get good grades."
I left feeling very confused. Later on, I asked if they have any retirement money saved up. They said no.
There is no way that is possible. So my dad might buy the unnecessary shower head a few times, but no way a middle aged man would have 0 dollars saved for retirement.
Here's the thing: my parents are the kind that wants to shelter me from finances, so sometimes they give me bad answers, or really vague ones, to financial questions I have so I don't know what's going on. Sometimes, they're telling the truth. Usually, I can't tell which is which. I'm still working on it though. They'll come around...eventually.
In the meantime, I thought I would ask CC. Here's what I do know:
Family Income: about 100K (before taxes)
Family members: 2 in elementary, me, mom, dad.
Me: 100% sure I am a national merit semifinalist (and likely finalist)
I'm not sure what else to put sorry...if you let me know I'll try my best to get that information. Thank you so, so much for helping me out here!
TL;DR: Fam's not telling on financial situation, I have no idea what my ideal tuition range should be, so I'm asking the CC community.