I think "too poor" is a bit narrow. If you're middle class, need blind means you end up with loans as a significant part of your financial aid package, or at least it did for me. I could have gone to a higer caliber undergrad (rather than my good, but not Ivy public school), but I would have come out in much more debt.
This was what I was trying to say but was drugged up on some cold medicine. LOL. My mother made less than 35K when I started UG and I didn't qualify for a single need based scholarship from my CC or UG.
Really? I think that many ppl shy away from the more expensive schools for this very reason. At the time of my matriculation at Brown, the school was not fully need blind. My mom made less than 45k in NYC...and like I said, they hooked me up. The same can be said for Vassar and Amherst. Private schools with big endowments tend to give better aid from what I've seen, if they want you.
Maybe I should start being bitter about my HS counselor then, like whoever said that earlier. She pretty much told me not to apply anywhere else since my Mom couldn't afford it and I couldn't afford that many loans. I had a 3.94 GPA in HS and ended up only taking the SAT for the heck of it because of the school I go to, UNR didnt even REQUIRE it at the time so I didn't study or try.
Guess I applied to the wrong Ivy as my reach school. My packages from an ivy and two top twenty-fives had me graduating between 50k and 80k in debt. I don't regret it at all having had a fantastic four years and loving my gigantic school. Just wanted to give another persective on the financial aid question.