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Without exception, every case I know of is because they didn't want to tell their kids no.
because U of Al is the top pick for my example! When we have TCNJ in state that is one of the top education schools in the country!
The only reason I even bother posting on CC is to encourage families who are afraid their kids' futures are going to be limited if they don't go to the absolute best schools they can get into vs. the schools they can afford. It is possible to help our kids achieve their goals and not go into debt doing it. It may not be everyone's preferred path, but neither does it mean our kids' futures are going to be negatively impacted.
that's what I'm saying! And she wants to stay in the south to teach pre-school. I tried to gently suggest staying 4 more years to get her degree, then moving, but she's not interested. She would also qualify for 2 free years of community college up here.
Ds19 is one of the top students in his class, has lots of extracurriculars, but hasn't been able to top 1200 on the SAT or 24 on ACT(his ACT scores are among the highest in his class). We are trying different avenues but honestly his scores make his chances of admission to most of the meet full need schools unlikely and they aren't high enough to get huge merit money. I am really hoping that he gets into Berea, it has his desired major and should be affordable. He has been admitted to UNA, which is our closest university,