Well, as suspected, there were some great suggestions.
And yes, I am dying to know what "busking" is as well. I spent one of the best years of my life in the UK, but am unfamiliar with this term.
At any rate, I wanted to give you all an update: After creating a strategic plan that did not involve any money from his father, Torin spent the last two weeks taking every restaurant job he could. He has tremendous experience as a server in a fine dining establishment, but he was not above cleaning the toilets to rake in some extra cash.
He made a little over $1100 in ten days by serving food, bartending, giving guitar lessons, and teaching surfing
to a youth group for a week. I was able to get him (as well as his upright bass instrument) seats on a Jet Blue red eye and he landed in Boston Sunday morning. By starting Michael's 90-Day Money Game, I was able to suddenly bring in about $1000, which I turned over to Torin for his rent.
He has managed to work with a school financial counselor (pleading in person is far better than doing so over the phone). And the bottom line? The school agreed to give him a bit more financial aid, giving him some breathing room to find more grants.
He called me this morning after leaving his first orientation and the joy coming over the telephone line nearly caused a fire! He is so excited, so enthusiastic, and the only thought is his mind is of success!
I can learn a lot from him.
Thanks again for everyone's suggestions.