One of my favorite parts of Gravity Falls is how the creators never take themselves too seriously. I love how Alex Hirsch and co. aren’t afraid of joking around with the designs of their own character.
If a student’s parents make less than $125,000 per year, and if they have assets of less than $300,000, excluding retirement accounts, the parents won’t be expected to pay anything toward their children’s Stanford tuition. Families with incomes lower than $65,000 won’t have to contribute to room and board, either.
Students themselves will have to pay up to $5,000 each year from summer earnings, savings, and part-time work. There’s no rule that parents can’t cover their students’ required contribution.
Stanford is much more generous toward middle-class and upper-middle class students than the federal government is. Most students who get subsidized loans and federal Pell Grants come from families making less than $60,000 per year. But it also enrolls an outsize proportion of wealthy students. In 2010, the university’s director of financial aid said the median family income at Stanford was around $125,000.
I feel like ‘Not What He Seems’ was an episode of tough decisions, especially for Soos. Soos openly defied the closest thing he’s ever had to a father. He stood up to and stopped a man he adores and loves with all his heart. Soos had always done every demeaning, disgusting or morally questionable request Stan made with a smile on his face, but here he finally decides that this was the one line he would not cross. Soos has grown so much over the course of the show and this scene shows us he’s finally become his own man.