University of Alabama has accepted James as a Political Science major. In order to apply for housing (which is in demand) we must pay a NONrefundable $200 tuition prepayment AND $250 NONrefundable housing application fee/prepayment. He has to absolutely want to go to a college for us to drop $450.
Thankfully Mississippi State University is much more reasonable - $55 housing application fee; that I can justify spending especially since I think this is James' top choice college. Of course he's currently accepted as a Civil Engineering student and he's going to change to Political Science and/or History or Secondary Education Social Studies or Pre-Law. James and I will be spending the day at State on 25 October for Scholars Recognition Day.
And even better is the W - no advance deposits or housing application fees.
We don't yet know what the deal is with Auburn (well I could check) since he's not yet gotten an acceptance letter from them. I imagine they will be similar to Alabama.