We know enrolling in college is one of life’s biggest steps – and a very exciting one!
The world changes, a quantum shift – both for students and for parents. A lot of research and thought pays off prior to applying to your first choices.
Before filing an application to any college or university, I would schedule a meeting or speak with a financial aid counselor and get answers to the following questions:
- Is the school blind to financial need when considering admission?
- Is the school’s policy to meet full need?
- What percentage of students receives merit aid and what percentage receive need-based aid?
- Will my admission application be treated differently if we do not file for financial aid? Will I have an advantage?
- If my high school grades are outstanding, am I certain to receive a merit scholarship?
- If my family’s financial situation does not change, will I receive the same amount of financial aid each year?
- How will an outside scholarship impact my financial aid award?
- What can I do if I need more money to attend your school? Is there an appeal process?
- Establish a relationship with a financial aid counselor before you enroll.
- Be honest in all of your dealing with the financial aid office.
- Get everything in writing and keep accurate records of all of your meetings with your financial aid counselor.