Thanks you guys. I also received an estimate of my financial aid package. Between the school and the government, I'll probably receive $40,000+ in aid. In addition to that, I receive tuition benefits from Whitman College because my mother works there as a custodian. So, my education will be free, or close to it. I may have a few thousand dollars of loans to pay off after I graduate, but that's nothing compared to the quarter million dollars that will be payed by others over four years. And, if I win a couple of the scholarship awards I'm applying for, then I may not need to take those loans and instead take only grants and awards.
I'll make my final decision after receiving my admission decision from Rice University and seeing what their financial package will look like. Either way, I'll be getting a very good education. I'm getting really excited about it.
What the heck is your GPA, young man?!