Looking for recommendations - Virginia/NC area

Apply to UVA, William & Mary, Virginia Tech . Maybe throw in JMU. Especially since your ex will not be contributing or filling out forms. Or chase merit outside of Virginia.

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I think you have two chains going - responded on another.

UVA requires the CSS Profile for consideration for need based aid.

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Sorry. Yes, I know. One of my kids went there! I was just more responding to her saying she could afford UVA instate tuition without the help of her ex husband. So, focusing on either instate options or looking for merit could be her best bet.

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This poster might benefit from reading the thread @KevinFromOC started. I posted that link on her other thread.

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I do, sorry. I decided my question was more general than just the financial aid. I’ll check the other post, thanks!

Did UVA grant a non-custodial parent waiver for the older student?

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Actually, I think the finances piece is very important. Getting merit aid to bring down your annual college costs is the way for you to go, in my opinion. This does not take into account anyone’s income or assets.

Here is the link.

https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/t/looking-for-advice-in-merit-aid-for-a-top-1-student/

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My EFC was well over what school tuition cost a year. But I was still staring down the barrel of $40K a semester at W&L. And it’s frightening. $33K at American and $25K a semester at U of Miami - also frightening.

I just stroked a $3500 check for the first semester. Yes, College of Charleston doesn’t have the pedigree - but people act like paying $50 or $75K a year is - well, what we have to do.

If you find schools where your student as a higher profile than the school itself, you too can go for cheap!!!

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Agnes Scott in Decatur, GA.

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Georgetown

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@Maggie993 Seconding @Mwfan1921 's question about looking into the non-custodial parent waiver.

I’m also divorced, and while we did not need a waiver, I did see mention of the process to get one if needed. I empathize with your position and hope this is an option so you can expand your list of possibilities.

That said, UVA in state is a great option, if your D sees it as a fit. My D was accepted OOS but without aid (need based or Jefferson) the $70k price tag ruled it out for us. She’ll be down the road at W&L (on merit). She felt very drawn to VA colleges so she would consider your D very lucky with those instate options. But the grass is always greener… she wanted to go OOS from GA!

(Edited to tag the correct OP!)

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I am not divorced so it was nothing I needed. We were instate, full pay .

I’m sorry. I tagged the wrong person. :grinning:

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Look at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville – strong sciences, and your daughter’s 35 ACT/GPA would likely result in merit money, here, Volunteer Scholarship | One Stop Student Services, here, Tennessee Explore Scholarship Program | One Stop Student Services, here, Chancellor’s Scholarships | One Stop Student Services, and here, Apply as an Incoming First-Year Student | Honors & Scholars Programs. She would probably qualify for honors classes/programs, here, Become an Honors Vol | Honors & Scholars Programs, and so likely would have smaller classes. Lots of research opportunities available on campus, as well as with Oak Ridge National Laboratories nearby.

Also, the University of Alabama in Huntsville has good STEM programs; and your daughter’s test scores/GPA would likely result in a significant merit award there also: UAH - Admission & Aid - Freshman Out-of-State Academic Scholarships

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How would this family qualify for a non-custodial parent waiver? The non-custodial parent is paying Court ordered child support. Parent reports the other parent hasn’t seen the kid in five years or more. But I don’t think that is sufficient for a non-custodial parent waiver.

Apply and see. Some schools might consider this. Others might not.

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Duplicate post…sorry

I was wondering the same thing. A waiver seems like a real longshot. I would concentrate on state schools that the OP says she can afford on her own or schools with good merit aid.

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I did not see the mention of the non-custodial parent having involvement (financial or otherwise). I guess I missed that. Regardless, I just asked if it was possible and suggested looking into it.

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The OP also has another thread in financial aid that tells about the non-custodial parent.

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