Financial Aid for College: Junior Year
1. If you think you will need financial assistance to attend college, you should turn your attention to aid matters no later than midway through junior year.
By junior year, you should have a list of colleges, any one of which you would be happy to attend. Each of the colleges on your list should have characteristics that appear to match your personal preferences and academic abilities. If you have not yet drafted a preliminary college list, you should research colleges and do so before tackling financial aid matters.
2. Once you have organized a college list in accordance with your personal preferences and academic abilities, start collecting financial aid information.
Call or visit the website of each college on your list in order to obtain the school’s estimated total cost of attendance. This figure is commonly referred to as the Cost of Attendance, or COA. The COA includes tuition, room, (more…)