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The Financial Aid Handbook, Revised Edition by Ruth Vedvik, Carol Stack

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8Everything You Need to Know Before You Hand in Your Paperwork

BEFORE YOU SEND in your applications, you’ll need to know exactly what documentation each school requires, and when.

After you’ve used either our MAP or Cost-Conscious Search charts, or both, you should have an excellent idea of where you’d like to apply. If you can establish a relationship with the financial aid office at this point in the process, before you even submit an application, that relationship could really work to your advantage. Not only does contacting the aid office demonstrate a commitment to the school and a serious level of maturity, but it allows the financial aid administrators (FAAs) to remember your name and get to know you. FAAs can’t advocate as effectively ...

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