I live in the Boston area and when I began my college search, my parents decided that they didn't want me to be far from home. They thought that this shouldn't be a problem, as the northeast has many fabulous schools (which is true). It didn't really bother me up until about a month ago, when by chance I started reading about USC and it just sort of seemed to click. USC fits all of my college search criteria and the more I read about it on this forum and elsewhere, the more I want to apply. Also, I'm a NMSF, and so if I became a NMF, the merit aid from that would be a HUGE help.
Does anyone have any thoughts on how to convince my parents to at least let me apply? They're biggest concerns are the hassle of being far away and the cost of flying me across the country, although I think there is an emotional factor as well.