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What should I look for in a college's financial aid package?

Hi there, I'm starting to research colleges and their financial aid packages. I'm not sure what factors I should be considering when looking at the different offers. Can anyone give me some advice on what to look for? Thanks a bunch!

8 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're starting to research colleges and their financial aid packages. It can be a bit confusing at first, but I'm happy to share some tips based on my experience with my own child's college search. First, consider the types of financial aid offered - this could be a mix of scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities, and loans. Ideally, you'd want more scholarships and grants, as those don't need to be repaid, unlike loans. You should also check if the financial aid is renewable for all four years, and if there are any specific requirements (such as maintaining a certain GPA) to keep receiving it. Additionally, look at the overall cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, room and board, and other expenses like books, transportation, and personal spending. This will give you an idea of how much the financial aid package covers and how much you might need to cover on your own. Lastly, don't be afraid to reach out to the college's financial aid office to ask questions or clarify any doubts. They're there to help! Good luck with your search!

8 months ago

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