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Average test scores
I have a sophomore, 3.6 GPA and 940 on SAT (baseline). I know she will have to work on raising her score. However, I have been running the numbers on safety schools and found several lower tier that would offer some merit aid for her stats. However, because of location (I live in South Jersey and the schools are in North Jersey) and the need for housing at those schools, I was surprised that she would do better net price wise attending the local university (Rowan, Rutgers-Camden or Stockton), which would NOT offer any merit aid, but she could commute and just pay tuition. I also have her enrolled in the High School Option Program at Rowan College of South Jersey, which provides a 65% discount (3 credit course = $189.00). She can possibly get her associates degree at the same time she graduates high school. Additionally, at her high school she will attend Camden County College in her senior year and earn about 24 to 30 credits. So, by the time she enrolls in a 4 year school, she will probably have to do 2-3 years to finish. I will encourage her to apply for local private scholarships and university foundation scholarships to bring the debt load down. So far, that’s my preliminary plan to get college paid for my average student with average stats.8 replies