Learn how to pay for college and lower your cost of attendance by using financial aid and scholarships.
The cost of college has tripled over the past 30 years even after adjusting for inflation. At the same time, colleges and universities now give out more than $200 billion of financial aid and scholarships each year. Elias Miller will provide an in-depth walkthrough of financial aid, scholarships, and other best practices for reducing the cost of college in a time when many families have been affected by the coronavirus.
We’ll also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any and all questions about financial aid, scholarships, and paying for college.
Undergrad College: Harvard University '17
Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.
Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.
My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into CommonApp.org in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.