How do I get the most financial aid?
Apply before your school's priority deadline for financial
aid. 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
University of North Dakota student Max Kahlhamer says he recommends
studying hard for college entrance tests, to improve the chances of receiving
"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.