Applying for College Financial Aid – not for the faint of heart


My son turns 18 this month and will graduate from high school in June.  Like his older sister, he applied to a range of schools – public and private, near and far.  This means our family is once again “baring all” as we apply for financial aid.

If your family has never been through the process, it can be daunting.  It would be terrific if every school required the exact same information at exactly the same time.  But there is no single road map to follow – each school sets its own deadlines, requests different information and may ask for that information in a range of formats.  There is nothing like firsthand experience to fully appreciate my clients’ angst as they navigate this process each year.  This is our family’s third year applying for aid and I still find it challenging.

Much is asked of the students and parents –…

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