Re: College costs
My daughter attended a private U.* Several of her classmates attended a community college for the first two years and cut their costs significantly.* The student really needs to work with the admissions folks because they want those class credits to transfer (it often won't work for highly selective programs such as finance).* One pot-hole to watch out for is a State U putting a cap on new admissions.* I recall hearing that UoW did that a couple years ago.*
Another approach is to do what I did: finish quicker by taking summer classes in the same system (but a local campus).*
There are some states that permit HS students to transfer to a community college.* Classes taken in that setting count toward the HS diploma, and are often college credits at the Freshman level - a two-fer.* This is particularly good for students who aren't into the HS social scene and who are bored.* If you are ready for calculus why not take it at a community college during your Senior year and earn college credit?