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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Capturing Financial Aid

  1. If you educate yourself on your financial and academic choices, you are far more likely to slash the cost of college.

  2. Use an online financial aid calculator to help determine whether you will ultimately receive financial aid. The verdict should influence what colleges you look at.

  3. If you qualify for financial aid, look for generous schools that provide mostly need-based grants rather than loans in their aid packages.

  4. You’re more likely to capture an attractive financial aid package if you look for schools that represent a great academic fit.

  5. Boost your chances of financial aid by starting to plan well in advance of your child’s high school graduation.

  6. Even if you’re wealthy, always apply for financial aid.

  7. Double-check financial ...

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