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Sizing Up Student Aid Packages and Negotiating for More
Financial aid awards typically include a mix of ingredients such as federal grants, institutional / merit scholarships, work-study earnings, and loans of various types. Comparing student aid packages, and figuring out the true affordability of any particular college can be both challenging and confusing.
College Sticker Price vs. Affordability
Before you cross a college off of your wish list due to “college sticker price shock”, understand that the real cost of college is the “net price” (list price minus the amount of financial aid) which may make the situation look a lot less dire
Sizing Up A College for Fit: 4 Key Factors
Experts agree that there is no “ideal” college for most students, but rather many “right fit” schools. Sizing up colleges where you’ll be comfortable, challenged and successful – places that will help you thrive academically and personally and become the person you want to be – should be the focus of your efforts. College should be an environment where you feel comfortable and can succeed academically, personally and socially. These four factors are a good rubric for evaluating colleges and assessing your fit.
Waitlisted: Turning Maybe into Yes
Waiting in limbo need not be a passive activity. Many savvy applicants have launched successful campaigns to gain admission.
ACT or SAT?: What’s a Student To Do? Take the SAT/ACT Diagnostic
Curiously, too many students never take the college entrance exam (SAT or ACT) they’re likely to score better on.
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