If you are a high school senior applying to college, the closer you get to the end of the year, the closer you'll be getting to the realities of paying for that college in which you finally enroll, mainly wrestling with the financial aid process. That process of finding out about and managing your way through the financial aid maze can seem long and frustrating. I'm addressing some of the basics here to try to help you not only prepare yourself for what lies ahead but also to make you aware of the requirements and resources.

You should show this post to your parents, too, since you will probably need their help answering the questions, and this may also give them an introduction to how the financial aid process works, if they're not familiar with it yet.

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