How do I get the most financial aid?
Apply before your school's priority deadline for
financial aid. Since the FAFSA filing deadline moved earlier to
October 1, some schools have made their priority deadline earlier,
so be sure to confirm the date! Research and apply for scholarships
from private foundations, clubs, employers and other organizations.
If your financial or family circumstances change, contact the
school's financial aid office for a new consideration of aid.
University of North Dakota student Max Kahlhamer says he
recommends studying hard for college entrance tests, to improve the
chances of receiving merit-based
"I'd also apply for a lot more smaller scholarships," he says.
"Five hundred dollars may not seem like a lot, but it's $500 you
could spend on something else."
Mary Crippen is the parent of a first-year college student. She
wishes she had attended more seminars about applying for
scholarships and planning for college.
"By the time we were looking for outside scholarships to
supplement the financial aid package, many of the deadlines for
certain scholarships had passed," she says.