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Does applying for financial aid affect my chances of admission?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior and I'm starting to think about applying for financial aid. Does applying for financial aid have any effect on my chances of getting admitted to a college? If so, what can I do to make sure it doesn't hurt my chances? Thank you in advance!

10 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're starting to think about financial aid early on in the process. To answer your question, whether applying for financial aid affects your chances of admission largely depends on the college you're applying to. Some colleges are 'need-blind,' which means they don't consider your financial need when making admissions decisions. Others are 'need-aware' and may take your financial need into account when evaluating your application.

It's important to research the financial aid policies of the colleges you're interested in, which can typically be found on their websites. If you come across schools that are need-aware, don't be discouraged - it doesn't mean that applying for financial aid will automatically hurt your chances. In fact, many colleges are committed to meeting full demonstrated need for their admitted students.

To maximize your chances of admission, focus on submitting a strong application with well-written essays, solid recommendations, and a demonstration of your passion and commitment to your extracurricular activities. Also, don't forget to meet all financial aid application deadlines and provide accurate information. Best of luck with your college journey!

10 months ago

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