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College financial aid
August 6, 2009
Qualifying for Financial Aid as an Independent Student
When can a student be considered independent for financial aid purposes? This is a question that a lot of families ask as they contemplate their huge college expenses. When I was back in St. Louis, my hometown, earlier this summer, my nephew Nick asked whether he could qualify for federal financial aid as an independent student. It’s obvious what the...
April 10, 2009
How to Negotiate for a Better Financial Aid Package
Colleges loath the “N” word. Administrators hate it when parents call them up and want to negotiate a better financial aid package. Well, that’s too bad. Colleges cost too much money for families to automatically agree to a six-figure commitment. If you’re going to negotiate, however, you’re nearly out of time. The traditional deadline for deposits to secure a spot...