I've asked Mary Ann Cockrum, our endearing registrar, to offer a few pearls of wisdom and practical tips as someone who has just been through the college admission process with her son Guy.
She knows first hand what it is like to experience "sticker shock".
She knows the prevailing myths swirling around in the atmosphere like Panhandle dust that can wreak havoc on parents anticipating college costs.
She knows what it's like to call and introduce herself to her new best friend - her financial aid officer.
She knows what it's like to fill out forms like FASFA and the CIS Profile.
She knows what information you will have to be ready to divulge.
She knows what EFC stands for.
Most importantly, she knows the value of a college education, and understands that if you really value education for your children, there will inevitably be challenges and sacrifices.
To read Mrs. Cockrum's insights and thoughts on financial aid, click here. She's written multiple posts on the topic. Enjoy.