I am not a parent, but I suppose I am seeking advice/suggestions from parents.
I would like to attend SVA (School of Visual Arts), but I am a Florida HS student and my parents have my college paid for via Florida Prepaid, as long as I choose a public school in Florida. Obviously, me choosing a NY school throws off their plan. As for the Florida Prepaid situation, though, realistically, there was only (and has ever been only) a 1 in 50 chance that I would choose to stay in Florida.
My parents are divorced and both make a steady income. I fear that my dad will refuse to put forth any money once I announce my intent to go out-of-state. My mom will put forth as much money as she can, without drastically altering her lifestyle. That doesn't sound great on my mom's part, but I didn't know how to put it and I am appreciative of the money she is willing to contribute. My parents both attended the University of Florida, so of course they are going to urge me to go there.
I doubt I will be ruled eligible for any FAFSA aid, but nothing bad will come out of applying, so I will go for it. SVA offers various scholarships for incoming students who carried at least a 3.0 GPA in HS (I qualify for that) and submit a portfolio that they consider to be impressive. Of course, I will send in my portfolio and hope that I am selected to receive at least some partial aid, but there are a lot of applicants and the chances are slim. My mom mentioned today that I would need a scholarship to attend SVA because of the price of tuition, so that has me a bit worried.
I am not overly worried about being admitted (I believe SVA admits 74% of it's applicants), but rather my situation with Florida Prepaid and my desire to attend a school out-of-state.
How can I express my points/thoughts without stepping on either of my parents' toes or burning any bridges? I don't want to ruin my relationship with either of my parents, but this is a HUGE deal and is very important to me.
Thank you for your time and any suggestions you may have to offer are greatly appreciated!