Even though the 2001-02 school year is still seven months away, students and parents can take an important step in the college selection process this month that may save money in college tuition.
College-bound students have been spending many of the previous months considering and evaluating their college choices. The next step in the process - filing for financial aid - is often the most important one. Leanne Valentine, director of financial assistance at Buena Vista University, reminds students and parents that an early application can maximize financial aid eligibility. She recommends that students ask schools they are interested in attending about priority deadlines for financial aid consideration.
Valentine offers other tips to avoid common misunderstandings and mistakes in the college financial aid process.
Look Beyond the Sticker Price: Many assume that an institution is not affordable before investigating financial aid opportunities. In many cases, grants, scholarships, loans and campus employment are offered to make nearly any college affordable For example, at Buena Vista University, more than 95 percent of full-time students receive financial assistance to help them achieve their educational goals.
Read the rest of this article in the 2/06 Pilot Tribune.