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Is it worth it to apply for financial aid?

Hi there! I'm a junior and I'm starting to think about the financial aspect of college. My family isn't super wealthy, but I'm not sure if we'd qualify for financial aid. Is it worth it to apply for financial aid? How does the process work? Thanks for any advice you can provide!

10 months ago

Hi! It's great that you're starting to think about the financial aspect of college early on. From my experience with my own child, I can tell you that it's definitely worth applying for financial aid, regardless of your family's financial situation. There are various types of financial aid available, such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. Some of them are need-based, while others are merit-based, so you might be eligible for aid even if you think your family's income is too high.

The process usually starts with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which becomes available on October 1st of your senior year. The FAFSA will determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the amount your family is expected to contribute towards your college education. Colleges use this information to create a financial aid package that may include federal, state, and institutional aid.

In addition to the FAFSA, some colleges may also require you to complete the CSS Profile, which is used to award institutional aid. This form is more detailed and takes into account factors such as home equity and medical expenses.

The key is to apply as early as possible and to meet all the deadlines. Make sure to research each college's financial aid requirements and deadlines, as they might differ from one institution to another. Good luck, and I hope this information helps you navigate the financial aid process!

10 months ago

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