The FAFSA opens in a few days for the hs class of 2020, and I’m looking for some insight to help my son trim his list.
Son is on the autism spectrum.
He wants to major in Computer Science or Software Engineering, possibly double major / minor in History or Political Science
UW GPA - 3.3
W GPA - 3.43
SAT: 1200 v 630 m 570 - score without accommodations. He is retaking in Oct with accommodations.
ACT - TBD - taking in Oct with accommodations
- Started high school taking just 1 Honors class - History.
- Junior year all Honors classes for core subjects, 1 A, 2 Bs, 1 C
- Senior year 3 APs - English, Gov, Computer Science - Hovering between A and B in Gov, other classes are second semester (Block)
- Had to take regular Calculus because of scheduling this year
- Took Computer Science I, and Web Development as electives
- Other electives include Art, Photography, French (2 years), Statistics, Chorus, Business Management, and Creative Writing
- Chorus is a graded class, but he auditioned for Select Chorus this year and got in
- 4 years Track & Field Indoor and Outdoor varsity as jr and sr - his stats are good enough for Div III and some Div II schools, but under Div I
- 3 years Cross Country
Has glowing recs from his computer science teacher and his coach.
He can’t fit in a part-time job, or additional group involvement because he doesn’t drive and our district is semi-rural and we don’t live close to town.
EFC is currently about $35,000 / year, which we can’t really afford. More realistic is $15,000 after his youngest brother starts public Kindergarten in 2021. Basically it would be a 1:1 swap, daycare tuition for college tuition. Son is my eldest of 4, and kid 2 is currently in 9th grade, kid 3 in 1st.
He has a conditional acceptance to Coe College in IA already, with a Trustee Scholarship, and other $ pending if he decides to attend. Even with the hefty scholarship, it’s a reach for us financially.
Boston College is his dream school, but it’s a huge reach, across the board. We know it’s highly unlikely, but he’s going to apply anyway to see how the chips fall.
The rest, in no particular order-
St Michael’s (VT)
GATech (big, big, reach)
Indiana U of PA
U of VT
He prefers the Northeast, especially Boston/NYC, but is very practical, and wants to go somewhere that he can get a solid foundation for a career in software development without breaking the bank. He is willing to work, he’s just been hampered by lack of transportation in our area.
He has residency in both PA and GA, and potentially dual US/French citizenship, which makes reduced tuition in Quebec a real possibility. His scores are too low, and his French not strong enough for the French university system, or a French-speaking university in Quebec, and his grades are just under the requirements for CS and SE at McGill and Concordia, but he’s right on the nose for Bishop’s. An English-instruction CEGEP is also possible to help him come up to speed in French and put in the work to get ready for a more advanced school.
Some schools on the list are due to coach interest for Track & Field. He also would prefer a campus that is NOT heavy on Greek life, but he also realizes it’s not something he has to engage in / can avoid.
He is not interested in Landmark College after doing a summer program there.
Otherwise we’re both overwhelmed by the constant onslaught of marketing material, and how to whittle it down to 10 schools, because his GC was very concerned by the length of the list when we started loading up Naviance to get ready.