DS just got his SAT scores. M:770, V:700 W:660. He's a rising senior, doesn't plan to take them again (this was his second run, and he went up from 2050 to 2130.)
Grades are good (about 4.25 average, depending on how you weight) and his schedule has been challenging (4 AP classes junior year, 6 senior year). He's wrestled for 4 years, and has been active in French Club, French Honor Society, NHS, and Academic Team.
We're in FL, so Bright Futures is a sure thing, plus possible merit aid from schools other than UF.
He doesn't know what he wants to study. Leaning towards computers/mathy stuff.
If we want to go smaller than the state U's and still be in the southeast, what schools can you recommend that might offer serious merit aid? Finances are definitely a factor. With two in school, our EFC was greater than our out-of-pocket expenses. With three we may scratch out a little need-based, but not much.
Despite the scores, grades, and the mom who posts on CC, this is not a hugely ambitious kid who wants a prestige school. He's a very bright, nice, funny, laid-back kid. Oh, FWIW, he is not into writing. At this point I don't think a writing heavy LAC would be his thing.
Thanks in advance for any ideas or suggestions. We're using the online tools, etc., but first-hand experience means more.