tqc, Im trying to pick out some colleges. I really want to get out of the state i live in, and i think i would really like the University of Central Florida. I plan on double majoring in mechanical engineering and software engineering. The problem is that my mom doesnt think i can afford out of state tuition, but i've been told by others that because of my being female, colleges will "throw money at me" to be a female engineer at their school. Also, if i did go there, i plan on living there for the rest of my life, so I think that after a year I would be able to get in state tuition by establishing residency. So, can I afford it?