<p>Chill Alice, post your total instead.</p>
<p>As I said, this is a "Can do, can do, the guy says the horse can do" thread, posted for the sake of the parents of high-achieving juniors who are facing the reality of college costs and shaking in their boots, as many of us were/are. The total number proves the truth of the statement "There is lots of merit aid out there, and the lion's share is provided by the colleges themselves."</p>
<p>Step 1 - for juniors and their parents "Believe, and Ye Shall Achieve"
Step 2 - research, research, research
Step 3 - (after initial list and fit deterrmination) apply to as many colleges as possible where significant merit aid is likely, and at least a few where it is a reach but still possible.</p>
<p>A followup thread can be started to provide more detailed information -"How to apply for a job - how to advance from the mailroom - how to commute in a three-button suit with that weary executive smile!" </p>