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Should I apply for financial aid even if I think my family won't qualify?

Hi guys! I'm a junior in high school, and I'm starting to think about the financial aspect of college. I'm not sure if my family will qualify for financial aid, but I've heard that it's still a good idea to apply. Is it worth the time and effort to fill out the FAFSA and other financial aid forms, even if I think we won't be eligible? Thanks for your help!

10 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thinking ahead about the financial aspect of college. In my experience, it's definitely worth taking the time to fill out the FAFSA and other financial aid forms, even if you think your family may not qualify. There are a few reasons for this. First, the FAFSA is used to determine eligibility not only for federal aid but also for some state and institutional aid programs. So, even if you don't qualify for federal grants, you might still be eligible for other types of aid. Additionally, the FAFSA is often required for need-based scholarships, and sometimes even merit-based scholarships. Finally, financial situations can change, and having a FAFSA on file can make it easier to access aid if you need it later on. It's better to be prepared and have options available to you. Good luck in your college journey!

10 months ago

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