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How do I choose between applying for financial aid and improving my chances of admission?

Hey everyone! I'm a junior who's trying to decide whether to apply for financial aid. I've heard that applying for aid can sometimes hurt your chances of admission, especially at need-aware schools. How do I balance my need for financial assistance with maximizing my chances of getting accepted? Any advice would be super helpful!

10 months ago

Hi there! It's definitely a challenging decision to make, but I think it's important to prioritize your financial needs. College can be quite expensive, and if you genuinely need financial assistance, you should apply for it. Remember, not all schools are need-aware, so you won't necessarily be at a disadvantage everywhere you apply. Also, even at need-aware schools, admissions officers still prioritize admitting highly qualified candidates. If you're a strong applicant and demonstrate a genuine need for financial aid, it's possible that you'll still be admitted. Ultimately, focus on building a strong application, including your essays, extracurricular activities, and grades. If you put your best foot forward, your chances of getting accepted will be higher, regardless of your financial aid status. Best of luck in your college application journey!

10 months ago

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