…there’s no way I’d be able to afford it, right?
Hi everyone, I’m a current junior with a pretty solid apply list (in my opinion) but I keep getting the feeling St. Olaf needs to be on it. I come from an upper middle-class family with a lot of kids, so I’m stuck in that weird position where I actually can’t afford more than about 12-15k a year for college, but the FAFSA thinks I can. My older brother’s calculated EFC was $80,000, but there’s no way my family can pay that much. So, I’m pretty much dependent on merit scholarships to afford college.
This is where my quandary comes in. I fell in love with St. Olaf College a while ago, when I took a master class from the choir director there and learned about their magnificent choral program. I intend to major in music and perhaps also in math. But, in my research on St. Olaf’s website, I found out that their academic merit scholarships max out at half tuition, which still leaves me with way too much money to pay. So I crossed it off my apply list. I didn’t want to fall in love with a school I can’t afford.
1570 SAT (still waiting on essay score)
4.0 UW GPA (don’t know weighted but it’s around 4.2-4.3)
1st in my class
No subject tests/ 5 on AP Latin; took AP calc BC and AP Phys 1 this year
EC’s include regional children’s choir (5 years), voice lessons, piano, guitar, have performed at prestigious venues
Hundreds of volunteer hours including camp counselor and director of a Gregorian chant children’s choir I founded, that I developed a theory curriculum for
Varsity volleyball (3 years; 4 by the time I graduate)
Have been tutoring and babysitting for pay since sophomore year
Is there any way I could possibly bring St. Olaf down to an affordable cost? I know there is no app fee so I might as well apply, but I still don’t want to be stuck turning down a college that I really want to go to just cause I can’t afford. I know they are really generous with financial aid. What do you guys think?