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

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INTRODUCTION

TO THE HIGH school students to whom we dedicate this book: There is a thought that may have already occurred to you. If not, it’s coming soon. You’ll think to yourself, “If only I had a disability.” You’ll look at your toes and think, “I could lose a toe.”

If it would give you an edge in the college admission process, you would gladly lose a toe. That could be an interesting essay, you’ll think. My life without toe(s).

Or, better yet: If only you were really, really poor; if only you were an orphan; if only you had survived cancer, or somehow overcome an enormous adversity like the “Homeless to Harvard” girl who, you think to yourself, got into Harvard. If only you had been a runaway, lived on a train, gotten an experience that could ...

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