DD is a college freshman. Bottom line: This situation sucks. I'm trying to stay positive, but it's a lot of money and I feel like she's missing out on so much. A bunch of other parents with kids in the same boat keep trying to play it off like "They don't know what they're missing--they've never been to college!" (total b.s. in my opinion; of course they know what they're missing!); or "They can form virtual study groups!"; and "Let's just pray for better in January!" What, exactly, do they think is going to change between now and January? Even if there is a vaccine, it won't be widely available and 18-24 year olds aren't exactly a high-priority group. So unless universities decide to bite the bullet, assume the risk (and collect room and board costs!), not much will change. Professors aren't going to want to teach in person and there will still by lots of restrictions. I feel like I'm in an alternate universe, or maybe I'm just missing the optimism gene.