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How does he (or can he) get a student loan to cover the difference between in state and out of state tuition at least?

The college financial aid office will point him in the right direction. After all, they're the ones getting paid.

We are discouraging SS from working during the school year because his grades are so bad he really needs to spend time studying.

His grades won't be bad because he spends 12 hours a week working. They'll be bad because he doesn't spend enough of the other 156 hours studying.

We don't want him to sit out a year because 1) he'd loose momentum and might not go back and 2) he would be dropped from our health insurance.

I would agree. You remind me to be thankful our kids stayed on the straight and narrow most of the time. Our DD picked an out of state school that offered a partial scholarship. She qualified for some financial aid. When the financial aid offer came, it included loans and a work-study job as well as payment due from parents or student. We sat her down and explained that we expected her to come up with an increasing sum through the four years to help with tuition, $1500-$2200. She also needed to pay for books, and all personal expenses, including all expenses on the (not her) car. We kick in $50 for gas and tolls coming home on vacations, IF she comes home.

All of her loans are in her name only. We can choose to help her pay them off in the future but the option remains open.

I'm convinced that every kid is different and parenting is only partly involved.

Good luck.

Doug

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