What should I do if my family situation changes?
If you or a family member experiences a major life change such
as job loss, illness, death, divorce or separation, contact your
college's financial aid office. You might qualify for more aid
based on the circumstances.
Financial aid director Kathy Ruby, of St. Olaf College in
Northfield, Minnesota, says students shouldn't be afraid to contact
financial aid counselors with questions.
"We can help people through the process, even if they haven't
applied yet," she says.