Step One

Review Your Financial Aid or Merit Scholarship Awards

Deciphering financial aid and merit scholarship award letters isn’t always an easy task. Being able to suss out the hard-core information takes a discerning eye.

What You Need to Know

You Should Be Asking These Questions About Financial Aid

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College Decision Wisdom from a Mom Who’s Been There

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Everything You Need to Know About the College Waitlist

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Early Decision 2: What it Means and Why You Might Want to Consider it

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If You Receive Need-Based Financial Aid, Here’s What You Need to Know About Paying for College

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Are Students Who Really Don’t Need the Money Meriting From Merit Aid?

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Step Two

Appeal Financial Aid or Merit Scholarships

Once you have a financial offer in hand, determine whether you’ll need more aid/scholarships. If so, devise an approach to successfully appeal the offer.

What You Need to Know

Sample Financial Aid Appeal Letters

If you’ve determined that you have good cause to appeal your financial aid award, and as a result, have made

How to Bring Down a College’s Sticker Price

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The Decline of College Student Mental Health and What Parents Can Do About It

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Going to College Abroad? What You Need to Know

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What to Do When Your College Student Wants to Drop Out

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When Should You Write a Financial Aid Appeal Letter?

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