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How do I decide between applying for need-based financial aid or merit-based scholarships?

Hey guys! I'm trying to decide between applying for need-based financial aid or focusing on merit-based scholarships. Can anyone give me some advice on which option might be best for me? I'd really appreciate it!

10 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're being proactive about your college finances. Both need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships can be helpful, depending on your personal situation. If you believe your family's financial situation qualifies you for need-based aid, it's definitely worth applying for it through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and/or CSS Profile. This can potentially give you access to grants, work-study opportunities, and low-interest loans. The FAFSA opens on October 1st, so keep an eye on that date. On the other hand, merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your achievements, talents, or other factors, and are not dependent on your financial situation. It's a good idea to research scholarships that fit your profile and apply to those that you're eligible for. Some schools also automatically consider you for merit-based scholarships when you apply for admission. In my opinion, it's best to explore both options. Apply for need-based financial aid through FAFSA and CSS Profile, and also search and apply for merit-based scholarships. This way, you'll be casting a wider net and increasing your chances of receiving financial assistance. Best of luck in your college journey!

10 months ago

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