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College Financial Aid

Earning financial aid for college can make the difference for being able to attend the college of your choice. You'll want to make sure that you've undertaken all the measures you can to get whatever financial aid is available. From understanding the role that residency can have in determining your financial aid situation, to understanding how to interpret and deal with your financial aid award letter, to speaking to and dealing with a financial aid counselor, you'll find the information that you need to understand and deal with college financial aid right here.

Ask the Experts: College Financial Aid

Read actual questions from students about college financial aid and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 24, 2014

Are College Prices Really Going Up?

Are college prices really going up? We hear about it all the time, but the actual information might startle you.

By Brendan Conway updated on April 24, 2014

Residency: Its Impact on Tuition Price and College Financial Aid

There are legitimate reasons why public universities charge higher tuition to students from out of state.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 09, 2014

Financial Aid Calculator: Evaluate Your Financial Aid Award

Trying to compare one financial aid award letter to another can be daunting and even a bit confusing. Peterson's makes it easier by allowing you to compare aid packages side-by-side in a financial aid calculator called the "Award Analyzer".

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

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College Financial Aid: The Financial Aid Award Letter

You just received four financial aid award letters. Now it’s time to do an analysis of each and decide which one works best for you.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

College Financial Aid: Dealing with a Financial Aid Counselor

It takes more than a great outfit and a dazzling smile to impress your financial aid counselor. If you want to build a positive relationship, take ownership of the college financial aid application process and all that it entails.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

College Financial Aid: Need-Blind Admissions Policies

A small portion of highly selective colleges practice "need-blind" admissions (a particular type of college financial aid), and for some talented students, these practices could make the difference between your second-choice school and the college education you thought you could only dream of.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

Ivy League Schools: The Affordable Choice?

With the price of a single year often costing more than $50,000, few would consider Ivy-League and other elite schools "affordable" - but is that really what it costs to go there for most students? Read on to find out!

By Ryan Hickey updated on October 17, 2013
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