One of my top college choices is Carleton, which is a Questbridge partner. I know the Questbridge scholarship is my only chance of affording it, but I don't know if I'd be able to get it. I live in a single parent household with just my mom, my sister, and me. My mom makes between $52,000 and $60,000 a year, depending on how much overtime she works. I know that's right on the border of being eligible for a lot of financial aid, but Questbridge doesn't have a set cutoff. On paper, it seems like a good income for three people, and most financial aid programs would expect us to contribute at least a few thousand dollars per semester. However, we just can't do that. We can pay our bills and buy food and stuff, but we're just getting by; there's not thousands of dollars every year to spend on college. I'm not sure yet if Carleton is my absolute number one choice, but even if it is, would it even be worth applying for a highly selective scholarship that I might not even get? It's so much work to apply, and it would prevent me from applying anywhere else early admission, so I'm really wondering whether I should just apply for regular need-based aid from Carleton instead and see where that gets me.