Well board aunties............. Travis is attempting college again. This makes 3 yrs in a row. Maybe the third time is a charm? lol I am a mean cold hearted Mom. I do nothing......nothing to help with this process except to help with the occasional words of advice if asked. "Cold hearted and mean" because I'm determined he has to follow the same rules his sisters did about college. If he wants to go, he has to handle all of the necessary process himself. (of course he can ask for help and questions ect) First try he got his FASFA filled out by easy child. A rush job, but he got it in under the wire to start in fall. Except he never applied to the college he wanted to go to or anything else. *sigh* Although we did have to chuckle at him because it never dawned on him you have to be accepted by the school so FASFA has somewhere to send the funds. Second try didn't even make it that far. All he did was gather information. And then we heard no more about it. He's been talking about it for months. He applied at the college he wants to attend. He went and got a copy of his transcript. He made sure they got it. He's kept in communication with them via email. He's even gotten the form from work to let him take an acedemic leave of absense. Travis has been axiously waiting their response. He got accepted!! We just found out today. So now easy child will help him with his FASFA. I quietly reminded him that he needs a copy of his IEP for the disability office and to contact them about having someone live with him in the dorm. The first orientation is in July, and he has already applied for a dorm. Travis has never gotten this far before. easy child and I will probably be the ones to take him to the orientation. And I did tell him he may want easy child to help him speak with the disability office because she knows the college already, and I am clueless with this on a college level. Sooooooooo I guess we'll see. Who knows? I may truly have an empty nest come September. OMG what would I do with myself. Of course........he may get there and find himself in waaaaay over his head. But we'll deal with that if and when it happens. He's got to get there first. This is an awesome college geared/designed for disabled students, as well as "normal" students. They will bend over backward to help a disabled student succeed and to accomodate their needs. And still, I know it may turn out to be too much for him. Even if they assign him a personal aide to live with him and go to all classes with him. But I figure if he wants to go bad enough to do all the work involved himself.....then he will be more likely to succeed or at least give it his all while he is there if he goes. I've discovered a side effect of this........Just having to do the process is making him feel/act more "grown up".