Understanding financial aid can help you make a sound college choice.

Avoid 5 Assumptions About College Financial Aid

As you compare award offers, understand what you're looking at to make the best decision.

Understanding financial aid can help you make a sound college choice.

Understanding financial aid awards can help you make a sound decision.

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At the least, calling a school's admissions office can serve as another step in your fact-finding mission before deciding where your high schooler enrolls in college. "Spend the time and dig deeply," Kulow recommends, "if [cost] is going to be an important factor in the student's decision."

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