honestly there’s nothing you can do. i only applied to private need-based schools which are the most generous in aid so i wouldn’t have a similar problem. you could try meeting with financial aid people and tell them about extenuating circumstances your family is facing that aren’t reflected in your annual income and see if that helps, usually they’re pretty sympathetic. you should try applying for small scholarships online, i know niche has a bunch, and they’re pretty easy to get. college is pretty unavoidably expensive though, especially if you’re from a middle class fam. :( sorry, good luck!
:)) And it was… an experience. An inordinate number of purely insane shit happened to me and I still cannot really fathom that my freshman year turned out the way it did… if you want to know more we’ll have to discuss it over dinner or something haha.