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evitajr1 926 replies17 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 943 Member
edited September 2006 in Parents Forum
My D has 1550 SATI, 800/800 SATII, 2/609, 5.48 on a 4.0u scale, won state social studies competition, 1st overall Decathlon Region, and captained quiz bowl team 4 years. We have already had one major rejection ED Yale. She now really wants U of Chicago. Has been accepted as Presidential scholar (full tutition) at American, and Amherst (almost as much merit aid and they will probabaly be willing to go up on the aid) and Middlebury with an unacceptable financial aid package. She wants to study Intl Rel. Of course, we are on pins and needles waiting for word from U of C. My query: Am single, school teacher, her dad is deceased. Somehow, FAFSA thinks I can pay $19000 yr. What a joke! I am concerned about her having too much debt after graduation when we know she will have to go to grad school, as well. If U of C comes back with less financial aid - is it worth it? And what happens next year, after I wipe out what little I have to send her there? Will the financial aid package get bigger or are we locked in? I am new to this - it wasn't this hard when I went to college over 30 years ago - yes, I am an older mom, and don't have that many years left to work, so retirement is looming. She has worked SO hard, and I always told her that if you worked hard, your dreams would come true. It appears I may have done her a disservice. Maybe those more experienced can advise me.15 replies
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