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September 4, 2012 4:39 PM Subscribe
Help my cousin: How does a gifted kid with middle-class parents go to an elite college for as cheaply as possible, with as close to zero debt as can be managed?
posted by gerryblog to education (39 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
It's been about 15 years since I went to college, and as far as I can tell the student aid terrain has changed a lot. I've been asked for advice by my aunt, but I feel a bit at a loss. Is my sense right that the most elite schools (Harvard, Stanford, Yale) are much more generous with aid than they used to be? Am I right that elite schools under that mark are not sufficiently better than state schools to be worth the cost? Is there much in the way of global scholarships, or is everything pretty much institution-specific? Are there schools to which a high-GPA, high-SAT-scoring, likely humanities-majoring kid should *definitely* be applying in the present moment? Where does my cousin have a good shot at a free-ride?
Any advice would be deeply appreciated.