Regardless of your need for financial aid, a number of schools will require the FAFSA to be completed for some merit scholarships.
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Financial Aid Tips
Whether you are trying to make college more affordable or trying to minimize the impact on your retirement, here are a few tips to consider:
Apply for financial aid—even if you suspect that you will not qualify.The FAFSA application is free while the cost to submit the CSS Profile application is minimal.There is no risk but significant potential economic benefit, even if you do not qualify for aid. (For example, it makes you eligible for some of the government loan programs).
Be aware of all application requirements and avoid missing the financial aid application deadlines.
Many colleges offer merit scholarships to students that they want to attract.Proactively determine what a college has to offer and what the requirements are for the different awards.
If you need to take an alternative or private college loan, shop around.Rates and incentives vary between lenders.It is not safe to assume that the preferred lender list from the college is your best option.
How you pay for college could impact your future financial aid eligibility, especially if you are going to have multiple children in college at the same time.Plan accordingly.
Contact Campus Bound today for your free financial aid eligibility assessment and to learn how you can increase your chances for scholarships.