A.: How good are your daughter’s grades? Before giving up on certain schools, help your daughter research scholarship opportunities that may be perfect for her accomplishments. Speak with the guidance counselor at her school to learn about opportunities that you may not already know.
Definitely talk to your daughter also about the reality of your family finances. Figure out first what you can afford to pay for her college education and which schools fit into that range. This will help her at least to see what the options may be. Remind her that every family has to make individual school choices based on what they can afford and the student’s academic record. Promise your daughter that you will work with her to secure the best education that your family can afford.