Paying for College

Advice for Mom of No-Need 9th Grader

Question: My husband and I are making a priority of saving for our son's college education. We will be able to fund all the costs of whatever college he chooses to attend. How should our finances affect his search process? The only relevant information I've found is that some schools with "need aware" admissions may give preference to a borderline candidate who does not need any aid.

I doubt he will have the credentials for an Ivy or equivalent. He is a freshman at a very competitive public high school. Students like him with a "B" average and just a couple of honors courses are considered underachievers there. He recently was required to take the PSAT and had high scores on the math portion and average scores on the reading and writing sections, as compared to sophomores who have taken the test. Many thanks for any guidance you can provide.

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