• Christine Mastandrea

What Most Families Don’t Do Once They Receive Their Financial Aid Package

I was very shy when I was younger. In first grade my teacher actually called my mom out of concern because I didn’t speak. Those who know me now would be surprised by this, but I would say that a lot of it has to do with the experiences I’ve had that have pushed me outside my comfort zone – something many people can probably relate to.


Wanted a class that I didn’t qualify for in high school? Had to speak to my teacher and ask for it.


Started losing playing time? Had to talk to my soccer coach about it.


Wanted to take more than the permissible number of courses to double major in college? Had to convince our Academic Dean that I could do it.


Through these and other "uncomfortable" conversations, I learned that if you’re brave enough to ask for what you want, good things can come, especially when you go about it in the right way.


The same applies to a scenario many students will relate to in the upcoming months.


So, you got into your dream school, but can you afford it?


Before you rule it out, it’s important to know that you have the ability to ask for more money.

The first thing you’ll want to do is contact the Admissions Officer assigned to your area. Respectfully, you will explain that although they’re your first choice, you’re concerned with your financial aid package and whether or not you’ll be able to attend based on what’s been offered.


More often than not, their Financial Aid Office will offer a re-evaluation of your package if you ask for it. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s worth a shot.


Additionally, if you received a better offer from a competitive school, you can include this on the form. This lets a school know that while they’re your #1, they may lose you based on finances alone. In doing this, it’s likely they will consider boosting your amount to secure your enrollment.


Colleges like sure bets and this gives them a better idea of you being one.


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