Occasionally, I browse other bloggers on advice for all of us--parents, college students and those about to apply for college. The key to removing your ball and chain from college debt is to be realistic and prepared. This article from The Empowered Dollar had some simple, yet very relevant advice.
I believe the contest is over, but check it out anyhow.
Don't get tied down in debt if you can at any point within your power can avoid this drag!