Paying for College

College Aid Packages to Be Simplified?

The two most prominent prongs of the college admissions process today appear to be (1) What's the best college for me? and (2) How can I afford it? Finding the answer to #1 is easier than solving #2 these days. Why is that?

Well, first, finding the "best" college is usually a combination of mechanics and intuition. The mechanical part comprises articulating your basic (or even detailed) requirements, such as location, size, weather, curricula offered, graduation rates, retention rates, diversity, and so forth. The intuition factor emerges during campus visits. That's when you look to your gut and ask, "Can I see myself here?" Finding the right college is essentially a shopping adventure, knowing what you want and then going out and taking schools for a kind of test drive.

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