I got accepted to Creighton, but I may end up not going. I simply cannot afford it (please don't ask why; it's a long story and it brings up too many bad memories ). Anyway, I'm seriously considering spending one year and applying to other schools that cost waaay less. However, if I do so, the major factor in applying to schools this time around would be cost. Is it a good idea to tell the schools this? I think it's a little insulting to tell a school, "Well, I really wanted to go to this other school, but it's too expensive, so I'm settling for your school instead." I know there are quite a few people who factored cost into choosing a school to apply to. Did you tell the schools this up front, or did you mention other reasons?