"As I researched colleges for both children, there was not a lot of information about sibling discounts," Elie said via E-mail. "I wish this was more readily available."
An older sibling's college choice may not necessarily be right for a second or third student. In Elie's case, her daughter, the younger of the two siblings, ultimately decided that Mount St. Mary's was not her best fit, since she wanted to play lacrosse at a Division III school, her mother notes.
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But she knows of other parents who reached out directly to college financial aid offices to inquire about discounts for their students, Elie says—a good first step for any parent of multiple children who hopes to secure funding.
According to Buxton-Hamel of Johnson and Wales, when it comes to discounts like these, "the big point would be to ask," she says.
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