Paying for College

Financial Aid Basics

Just as in professional sports, there are two levels of participants: rookies and veterans. When it comes to college admissions and all that's related to that complex field, the vets have a decided edge over the rookies, especially in the crucial area of financial aid. The vets have been through the mill at least once, maybe more than once, discovering what sources are available to help pay for the exorbitant costs of higher education.

Pity the poor rookies, though. They have to wade into the quagmire of FAFSAs, CSS Profiles, and possibly private colleges' own detailed applications for financial aid, all without the benefit of having done these before. Of course, there are a number of resources that can help buffer the impact of ignorance. Perhaps one of the best ever is the College Confidential discussion forum's financial aid section. The reason this treasure trove of knowledge is so effective is because of the friendly interface between veterans and rookies. If you know little to nothing about financial aid, you won't be embarrassed asking your questions here. So, I encourage you to spend as much time as you need reading the highly informative and easy to understand answers and comments.

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