Trying to figure out whether it's worth my son applying or not. I've run the net price calculator and it comes out our billed amount would be around 16-17K, but our EFC is only $9500, so there's a gap.
(Family of 5; 76K income; 2 in college in 2015)
My son isn't a tippy top student, so I'm guessing it's unlikely he'd get one of their full tuition scholarships (assuming he can even get in).
The only other way I see to pay for it would be through outside scholarships and loans. Am I missing anything? Is it worth even applying if the gap is so large?
For the record, my son is leaning towards game design/CS game design, or possibly engineering and possibly industrial design.
He would submit an animation portfolio even though he's decided he'd rather focus on game design.
For sure he's applying to UC Irvine as they have a Computer Game Science major that looks interesting to my son. We're slowly exploring various game design, product design, etc. programs.
2230 SAT (1480 combined CR + M)
3.95 u/w GPA 4.48 w GPA
Will have 40-43 community college units
Will take the mandatory 3 SAT II tests (math II, physics, literature), obviously hoping for over 700
Has taken one AP and will take 3-4 in senior year
Biggest strengths-Top robotics team in our area; has some national honors; has a ton of cello and community service stuff.
So--should he apply or should we skip it since the gap is so large?
Dh thinks 20K in loans after 4 years would be ok.