I am a current senior in high school and oldest of three children, so the first to go off to college. My parents did not do traditional college, so they don’t have the best advice for me either. My father went straight into the Navy for several years and then later got a well paying job after receiving an associates degree at the local community college when I was younger. My mother went to a Technical college but then dropped out before receiving any certificate or degree and shortly after had me. My mother did Western Governors University online when I was in middle school and received her bachelors degree for teaching and got a teaching job at a private school. My father has a job in a management branch and my parents combined salary is between $80,000-90,000 but we are not rich at all. My family has many things we pay for (camper, boat, rent, etc.) and we live in an expensive town, however money is not a problem within my family and I do have nice things but I am not spoiled, I have to work for the things that I want to pay for and I am required to pay for a lot of things that I want (my parents pay for my gas and necessities but other than that I pay for every thing else on my own). My parents never understood how expensive in state college was until this year and now are concerned that I will not be able to got to a four year university because my family does not qualify for hardly any assistance from the FAFSA financial aide that is available. My mom does not think that my family will be able to afford to co-sign on my student loans because she feels that because of our income, they will have to pay more than they can afford. I also am concerned about receiving scholarships because I am only a 3,0 student and I do not have any community service. I don’t know what to do but I really want to go to a university but I don’t know how to afford it. Any advice? Right now I am planning on taking out student loans, having my parents co-sign for two years (which is the required amount) and then dropping my parents from the loans so they don’t have to pay any money on my loans, but my parents don’t think that this will be a good idea because I might not be able to get loans that have affordable monthly payments..