I've heard back from one of the six colleges to which I applied, and their financial aid package is quite generous at half the total price of attendance, but it's still far out of my budget: I calculated what I could reasonably expect to earn over summer breaks, campus employment, and how much I have in savings, and if lucky, I might be able to reduce my college debt from $120,000 to $67,000 (as rounded estimates). First off, I'm averse to the notion of going into debt, and that sum is far more than I would be comfortable with. But not only that, that price is in American dollars, and I'm a Canadian and our dollar is weaker, and of course, there'd be interest on top of that I imagine, and I don't want to trying paying it off with a liberal arts degree. When I read on the university's website months ago what the average cost of attendance was, it was much less, though that's likely because it wasn't including room & board. I indicated in my CSS profile that I have a fair chunk in savings, and they may figure I can get more where that came from... but I can't. It's not that I think I deserve more aid than the average student, but unless I receive it, attendance it untenable.
Is it tacky and frowned upon to request for more funding? How would you recommend I proceed? They want me to attend, and I want to attend, but we'd have to meet part way.