Found the series at a one of those elementary school book fairs.
It was a series and i remember reading the first 2-3 books, set in a fantasy world. This kid makes a trip to a magic school mostly populated by rich kids where magic comes easy. He isn't rich and the magic doesn't come easy. There is some kind of conflict that i cannot remember.
I remember one scene in the book where the kid and a magician are on the way to the school and they have to make a circle in the forest to keep out demons. (sounds like Peter Brett right?)
I don't have much more than that. It has been a lot of years.