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The kind of school that would really want him is a small division III school like Milliken in Decatur. But DIII schools can't offer athletic scholarships.

I can tell you about the experiences of my kids.* Sometimes they were offered merit aid to schools where they hadn't even applied. The most astonishing offer was from St Louis Univ to my daughter - she had been awarded a 3-yr AFROTC scholarship which would begin her sophomore year and would cover tuition up to $15K a year plus a stipend and books for her. They offered to cover everything else except her first semester's tuition - everything including room and board. My younger son got something like that from a private college in Texas but I can't remember the name of it.

A couple of things to consider when looking at public vs private. Usually, the 4-yr graduation rate at the private will be much higher. That is also a kid-dependent thing. We made it clear we were paying for 4-years only. However, one of the reasons I "guided" them out of state is that our state university has a 6-year culture. This site was majorly redesigned and changed over last week so I haven't had much time to play with it but the grad rates are somewhere after you get to a specific college : http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool/index.aspx and they should also be available in the college catalog as well.

There are also states with lower populations that support higher education and might be happy to have another good student. My favorite to point to is the Univ of Wyoming where that had almost fewer high school grads for the state than my local high school last year. The Dakotas as well.

The D3's looking to raise their selectivity could also find your son an attractive candidate and be interested in him for football as well.

(Wasn't there somewhere I said I wasn't doing this anymore ? Eh, this is all off the top of my head anyway :)

rad
* We qualify pretty much for nada on the need front.

P.S. Check your state's 529 plan - if there's a state tax break, just running the money you're planning to use through it may save you a bit - it saves me about 5%. Look at www.savingforcollege.com for info

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