Hey guys, I'm a junior, and I'm starting to research financial aid options. I've heard that some people apply for financial aid even if they think they won't qualify, just in case. Is this a good idea, or is it a waste of time? Thanks for your input!
Hello! It's great that you're starting to research financial aid options early. From my personal experience, I would definitely recommend applying for financial aid even if you think you won't qualify. There's no harm in trying, and you might be surprised by what you're eligible for. Financial aid packages can include grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and loans, so there's a variety of assistance available. Plus, applying for financial aid through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is free, so there's really no downside to giving it a shot. My child initially thought they wouldn't qualify for aid, but they ended up receiving a small grant and a work-study opportunity that really helped with college expenses. So, I would say go ahead and apply – you never know what kind of assistance you might receive! Best of luck with your college journey!