Appealing Your Financial Aid Award

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If your first choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you cringe, don’t give up hope; consider appealing your financial aid award. While colleges and universities won’t encourage such an appeal, the financial aid officers are empowered to make adjustments, if deemed warranted. To appeal, do the following: Do … Read More

Understanding the Net Price of College

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Families often experience sticker shock when contemplating the cost of college, but it’s the net price, rather than the sticker price, that prospective students need to consider. Each college publishes the COA or Cost of Attendance at that institution. The COA includes room, board, tuition and fees, along with an estimate for books, personal … Read More

Merit Scholarships Make Private Colleges More Affordable

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  In an effort to avoid losing students to lower-cost public schools, private colleges have been increasing merit-based aid in recent years, with a majority of private colleges awarding scholarships or grants based on merit. In 2018, the average institutional tuition discount rate reached a record high of nearly 50 percent among private colleges, … Read More

Filing the FAFSA

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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. In some cases, colleges will not consider an applicant for merit aid unless that student has first submitted a FAFSA. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after October 1st of … Read More

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