Cole and I spent the entire evening working on college scholarship applications. How exhausting. Trying to make yourself sound like you deserve a scholarship, without sounding like you are bragging, is tough!
Cole has the option to use his A+ Schools eligibility, and he can attend a community college in Missouri with his tuition paid in full. We would have to pay room and board and books. However, there is a community college about 20 minutes from our house. So if he chooses that route, which right now seems to be his first choice, he can live at home and go to college for free for one year, then transfer to a four-year school to finish his bachelor's degree. Cole took a lot of dual credit classes his junior and senior years, so he will graduate with 30 hours of college credit and will be able to finish his Associate's Degree in one year, saving his grateful parents THOUSANDS of dollars, and saving himself one year of college.
Cole is also applying for a scholarship to another University in our area. This particular University actually offers several scholarships for which Cole is eligible. So he will apply and then see what happens. Some of the scholarships are good enough that he would forego his A+ eligibility and attend directly out of high school.
Where Cole will attend college is such a big, life-altering decision. So many things to think about. Many of Cole's classmates are headed off to Mizzou -- the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mizzou is a great school. But it is also a HUGE school compared to Cole's senior class if 147. And it is an EXPENSIVE school. All of the brochures he has received from Mizzou estimated in-state tuition and room and board at $23,000 per year. Yes, I said TWENTY-THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR!!!
This mama is VERY thankful that her son is happy to live at home another year and go to community college for FREE!
I would ask for your prayers as Cole enters this exciting time in his life. Above all else we want God's will in where he will go to college, and what degree he will pursue. And of course, scholarships would be good too. Very, very good.
And pray for me, because the thought of him graduating from high school in May is enough to make me cry right now. Of course we are proud of his accomplishments. But, for those of you who have children who have graduated, you KNOW what I mean. And if your children are still young, well, one day you will understand all of the emotions involved in watching your baby grow up.
Thanks to each of you for your prayers. They mean so very much! I just love my blogging buddies!! And please know that I pray for each of you too!