Paying for College

Financial Aid: Meeting Your Full Need

An excellent U.S. News article entitled Colleges and Universities That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need reveals a lot of information probably not known by most families, especially those going through the college admissions process for the first time. The key word in that article title is “Claim."

The subtitle of the article states a surprising reality: “Just three public schools met 100 percent of demonstrated financial need in 2013-2014, according to U.S. News data." Reaction by posters on the College Confidential discussion forum was, predictably varied:

– … these schools use the CSS Profile or their own form (Princeton uses it's own form) in addition to the FAFSA…and the colleges compute your family contribution and need….you don't get to do this …

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