My DD is an A student, planning on attending a state college (Penn State, local campus). We filled out the FAFSA, which said she doesn't qualify for federal aid based on our income. She received her financial aid letter today which basically says she can take out a loan for $3500 but that we will need to foot the rest of the bill-about $14,800. Oh, but we can for a fee of $50 spread it out for 10 months for $1480 per month plus the $50 fee. How many people have an extra $1480 per month sitting around???? We have no savings, and lots of credit card debt, a mortgage, a car payment, etc.etc. She has applied for lots of local scholarships but they are for a few hundred dollars and frankly, I don't know if her chances are very good for getting those. I guess I'm just venting, but I don't really know what we will do. She works part time but most of her earnings go to gas money,clothing,etc. She will work full time this summer.I plan on calling the financial aid office on Thursday (when I'm off work) to see if there is anything else they can do for us or if she can at least qualify for work-study. Thanks for listening.